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St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

Sint-Baafsplein | Casco Historico de la Ciudad, Ghent 9000, Belgium
+32 9 225 16 26
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Sint-Baafsplein | Casco Historico de la Ciudad, Ghent 9000, Belgium
+32 9 225 16 26
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Driving from Bruxelles, I reached Ghent, also spelt Gent or Gand, a lovely town in the Flemish region of Belgium, located at the confluence ("Ganda", in Celtic) of two rivers. Rich in history and medieval buildings, Ghent is also famous for the "Adoration of the...More

1  Thank VincenzaRosaria
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a really beautiful cathedral with lots of history. We didn’t visit the paintings just the main cathedral and it was magnificent. A truly amazing building.

Thank maxine c
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very large cathedral full of statuary, art and artefacts including the Tryptych panel (separate exhibition, fee applies). Quite cold inside (almost as cold as outside!)

Thank Lesly_Bristol
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fantastic building both externally and the interior. Set us with lots to see inside including the vaults beneath.

Thank Johan R
Reviewed 1 week ago

What to say about this beatiful building, with a history of a thousand years. It is one of the things you have to see if you're visiting Ghent or Flanders. Not only is it a beautiful piece of art, but inside there are works of...More

Thank gandalf_den_grijzen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very interesting cathedral and possibly the only one that has a whale skeleton in it! Well worth a visit.

Thank PBMatVauxall
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent example of a historic cathedral. Regularly features historic artwork, including an original Van Eyck triptych altarpiece.

Thank AlsyBarclay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting church to see.Especially the whale, but they have to put english information.everything is only in dutch

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a millennium, this imposing structure is a testament to faith and endurance. The interior is on a grand scale, with many side chapels as well. Dress warmly in winter, but by all means visit this sacred space. There is no charge for the cathedral,...More

Thank MWitz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely worth a visit. It is free to enter and offers plenty to see, with tons of art, paintings, architecture and relics. An impressive structure and if you're lucky, you might even attend the rehearsal for mass with the choir which was absolutely mesmerizing.

Thank Deni G
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4 February 2018|
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Response from Conchubar1 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there! Yes it is but not in the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb section. As applies to most Churches and Cathedrals just respect your surroundings and usually people are OK :)
3 April 2017|
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Response from David7478 | Reviewed this property |
about 55km or so and I would advise using the train as Ghent is a busy town with lots of pedestrian traffic and cyclists. hope this helps.
14 February 2016|
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Response from Kathy K | Reviewed this property |
It is my understanding that the altarpiece will not be fully restored until 2017. As the other respondents have said, you pay a fee to go into a small, crowded chapel at the back of the cathedral to see the altarpiece behind... More