St. Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent
St. Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent - Address, Phone Number
Address: Sint-Baafsplein, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
Timings: 08:30 am - 06:00 pm Details
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About St. Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent
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
St. Bavo's Cathedral Information
- Audio guides available in Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish and Japanese.
St. Bavo's Cathedral Ticket Prices
- EUR 4 ticket is to see the painting in the chapel.
St. Bavo's Cathedral Opening and Closing Hours
- 09:30 am to 01:00 pm for Sunday casual visitors.
How To reach St. Bavo's Cathedral by Public Transport
- At Ghent Duivelsteen.
- Tram: 1, 4 , 24.
- Bus 3, 17, 18, 38, 39.
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The cathedral has everything you would expect of a catholic church of this size. The artwork is absolutely magnificent and the architecture itself is also lovely. A must see when you're in the neighbourhood.
Magnificent Flemish cathedral. The architecture and artwork is amazing. Home of the lamb god alterpiece. Also paintings from Rubens and other Flemish masters. Worth visiting when in Ghent.
We went there to see the Van Eyck painting and they closed early. Like every massive cathedral it's pretty impressive architecture, but nothing worth going out of your way for.
Welp, this thing is old. Hella old. It's older than the oldest person i know. My grandad, and he is almost 90. It feels sturdy. Ceiling is quite high. It is forth the visit. When i was visited, there was a special stuff going on. It required a fee, so i passed and just looked at the other things.
Beautiful catedral. I love the crudeness of the stone work...