St. Bavo's CathedralCurrently Closed
- Address: Sint-Baafsplein, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
- Timings: 08:30 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: 329-2692045
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Landmark, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Cathedral
In the crypt of this classic Gothic church you’ll find the Romanesque remains of the chapel around which the cathedral was built. Most of what you see was built through the 14th–16th centuries, including the choir, the radiating chapels, transepts and the tower. The main draw of the church however is the magnificent altarpiece The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. The painting has it’s own strange history: a Jan van Eyck modern Renaissance masterpiece that was brought by the Prussian King in 1821; the panels were returned to Ghent as compensation for WWI damages, a fact bitterly resented by Germany. When WWII broke out, Hitler had the whole thing brought back to Germany and stored in a salt mine.
And while the painting is the main draw, the church isn’t a lightweight either. Other Things to note include:
- The Baroque High Altar
- The Rococo pulpit
- The tombs of Ghent bishops
- Liturgical vestments
- Audio guides available in Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish and Japanese.
- EUR 4 ticket is to see the painting in the chapel.
- 09:30 am to 01:00 pm for Sunday casual visitors.
- At Ghent Duivelsteen.
- Tram: 1, 4 , 24.
- Bus 3, 17, 18, 38, 39.
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95% of people who visit Ghent include St. Bavo's Cathedral in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
47.96% of people start their St. Bavo's Cathedral visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see St. Bavo's Cathedral
66.67% of people prefer walking in order to reach St. Bavo's Cathedral
The cathedral is free, except it's €4 to see The Ghent Altarpiece. I say that because some churches we have visited in Belgium had a cover charge, Antwerp for example. There is a replicate of The Ghent Altarpiece in one of the side chapels that you can see through the bars. The guides use it to explain the detail and access is only with a guide. There is also a small one to view in another chapel. There was also an explanation of the Monument Men and how they saved The Ghent Altarpiece among other artifacts after the war. You could easily spend a day here. There really is so much to see. The construction and art is fantastic. The stain glass windows let in fantastic light. The vault was a real bonus and I loved the detail that went into all the vestments and chalices, 100's of years old. People don't have that much time anymore and anyway it would cost a fortune. It would have been lovely to have more written detail. The seating was not fitting to the cathedral but that is minor thing. It's well worth a visit
A peaceful place to visit in town, giving a great shelter for travelers to blocking rain. Great exhibitions of the passed bishops. Quite historical.
Since the renovations loads have been done. It looks amazing. But it is a shame that the back gallery behind the altar is closed. Before you could go and enjoy the work of amazing flamish painters...now hidden. As well the chairs in the alley are a bit of a turn off as they are modern pieces in a gothic environment.
A beautiful cathedral. The cost to see the altarpiece seemed a bit steep, but it is quite beautiful. It is always amazing, the architecture of medieval cathedrals.
St. Bavo’s Cathedral is a beautiful church with picturesque glass paintings and intricate detailing on each and every sculpture. It is easy to lose yourself in it for about 30-40 minutes if you have just come for a visit. Not only is it beautiful but also has a grand and magnificent history behind it that you can read up about online!