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St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

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Address: Sint-Baafsplein | Casco Historico de la Ciudad, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 9 225 16 26
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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One of the most beautiful Cathedral in Europe

As a person who like to visit churches, I must say it is one of the most beautiful cathedral I ever visit. The entrance is for free. If you like to meditate or oray there is a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Wageningen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

As a person who like to visit churches, I must say it is one of the most beautiful cathedral I ever visit. The entrance is for free. If you like to meditate or oray there is a special room when you will feel this peace vibes. This place is the one you should go!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On guided visit from our cruise ship, loved the Cathedral and we also saw the Holy lamb relic. We want to return to Ghent and have more time here, the Cathedral has a lot of interesting points to view.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This cathedral has quite a few museum quality paintings and sculptures. The van Eyk altarpiece is a must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic Church, home of the Ghent Alterpiece,,beautiful interior,Peter Paul Rubens painting,lower level crypt very interesting with historical info dating back to 1100,s,quite amazing

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice cathedral, the ghent altarpiece is the jewell though. €4 / person to see it but in my opinion well worth it. Also worth watching the film Monuments Men, to see the extent people went to too keep this out of Nazi hands during the war. Good !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cathedral dominates the surrounding area and is just as impressive inside as out, with high ceilings and detailed stained glass windows. We visited near Christmas so the interior was particularly beautifully decorated.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We made a quick stop in here during a day trip from Brussels to Ghent and Bruges. Amazing interior, incredibly detailed sculptures and the art everywhere is beautiful, even for a non-religious heathen like me.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful cathedral. Was covered in scaffolding for a while but its shining again. Inside you'll find the painting "Ghent Alterpiece" (Lam Gods) from Ven Eyck.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having visited the cathedral innumerable times over the decades, St. Bavo's never loses its appeal anytime I return to Ghent. My wife and I climbed the tower many years ago with a close friend and enjoyed the stunning view from the top. My parents and I have attended Sunday High Mass on several occasions and the surroundings invariably leave an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It took about 3 centuries to built this church as you can see like it is now. It is built in a beautiful yellow sandstone. What you have to see is the painting " De Aanbidding van het Lam Gods" from the Van Eyck Brothers (1432). This is a absolute must !

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