St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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  • swoodruf
    Muskegon, Michigan1,574 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ghent Cathedral - Worth Peeking Your Head In!
    This is a very beautiful cathedral, and it dominates the town. It is well preserved and well taken care of. The Ghent altarpiece is found inside this cathedral, but you have to have a ticket to see it. The stained glass in the cathedral is quite lovely, and there are some interesting art pieces as well.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Michelle B
    Orlando, Florida49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience...would absolutely do again
    It's hard to describe what this was actually like. I came in with low expectations but my entire family was blown away (including the 4 kids aged 18-23). All of us said we would do it again. The history lessons were interesting and appropriate lengths. The augmented reality was incredibly realistic and engaging. Unlike most other artwork where you just look at it and don't quite know what you're seeing, you learn so much about it ahead of time that you feel like you can actually appreciate it. The Cathedral is stunning as well. I'm so glad we purchased tickets ahead of time because the line to get in was long but we were able to walk right up because of having tickets. Phenomenal experience. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Oldfart1939
    Billings, Montana395 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    View the Lamb of God Altarpiece!
    Went to this Cathedral in order to view the "Lamb of God" Altarpiece executed in 1436 by the Van Eyck brothers, but principally the younger Jan Van Eyck after the death of the elder brother. This is a landmark in early renaissance art in depiction of the true human face and bodily details, and it "starred" in the film "The Monument's Men." What struck both my daughter and I was the intense color rendering and it's preservation after almost 600 years. The rest of the Cathedral is also exquisite, and is enough to visit Ghent for no other reason than experiencing the artistic masterpiece of the Altarpiece.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 October 2023
  • KMLondon22
    London, United Kingdom203 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceeded expectations
    intrigued to see what the altarpiece was like, I paid for the 1 hour virtual reality tour. Not a great appreciator of art, the tour perfectly set out the history & intended meaning of Jan van Eyck's masterpiece the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. So that when I finally got to see it I found the painting visually stunning, helped by its painstaking restoration. The VR images of people on the tour are not the best, but otherwise the visit was an unexpected treat.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,415 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The City's Magnificent Cathedral
    This is a grand cathedral, overwhelms this modest sized city. Very tall and beautiful inside. This is where you can often find the famous altarpiece, when it is not out for restoration. Set on a beautiful square and the trams run past it.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
  • LeBeauxVoyager
    Balboa Island, California177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not like a Roman week, but really worth it and no crowds. Enjoy one of the smaller treats.
    You don't have to be Catholic to feel the deep spiratuality Sint Baafs. (Bavo) You are surrounded with sculptures, paintings and stained glass. Saint Baafs (589–654), was patron saint of Ghent. An added Plus is the fact that the Alterpiece "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" is one of the oldest oil paintings in the world. There is a slight fee to see it, but well worth the price to behold its beauty. Paintied before Columbus sailed for the New World by the Van Eck brothers. A focus of the movie "Monuments Men". But St. Baafs is more thatn that. Many former Popes and princes lie in repose, entomed in marble with statary on top. Scroll the 2000+ photos (ignore the selfies) to see what you might be missing. Yes, there are other better known Cathedrals in Europe, but this one is a little bit special, out of the way. After you can enjoy a fine "Trappist" beer. The darker the better. After all the walking I was so thirsty my disappeared before my Brother in law could sip his. One was pleanty for me, but if you ar a real beer drinker, you will enjoy the variey.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 January 2024
  • Rugbynugget
    Nottingham, United Kingdom376 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charge to see the altar piece
    If youre wanting to visit the Ghent altar piece be prepared to have to pay, contrary to what some guide books say. There is a charge to get into the higher part of the Cathedral. There was a quite unhelpful guy on the desk who informed us that you can only pay by car and made us go to the Cathedral shop, pay there and then produce a receipt. The altar piece itself is behind glass so be prepared to have people stood right up the glass blocking everyone's view. However, if you wait long enough you get the odd gap. After all that its worth viewing.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2024
  • LNHOOT
    Davis, California172 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    AR experience worth it
    Really glad we did the paid experience which included the back of the cathedral and the AR experience. It was also much quieter relative to the busy main church area. AR quality wasn't amazing but it was fun. Would recommend.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 March 2024
  • Jeanne H
    Singapore, Singapore223 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth doing the VR tour for the experience &information provided - choose the longer tour as I think it is the same cost
    The VR tour was an interesting experience. We had chosen the 40 minute tour as we thought that 60 minutes was rather long. In the end, the tour turned out to be about 20 minutes. However, it provided enough information on the construction of the cathedral and the creation of the lamb of god painting, plus the details in the painting. If you can book the time you wish to visit the cathedral and see the Lamb of God, it is a much less painful process as there is a separate queue for people who have pre-booked their tickets.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 May 2024
  • Philip L
    Ipswich, United Kingdom200 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Unique Experience Awaits
    The key attraction to this cathedral is the Mystic Lamb Altarpiece by Van Eyck. It is absolutely worth investing in the Augmented Reality experience offered here. The head set allows you to go on an amazing discovery that brings the cathedral to life before your very eyes and provides a brilliant insight into what to look at when you eventually see the altarpiece. Bags and coats are not permitted to be carried into the experience so you must use a locker, provided free. The information on how to use these is poor! Note, you must use a four digit pass code of your choosing and the system then allocates you a numbered locker. There is no paperwork provided so you must not forget the 4 digit code you used or the locker number you were given.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 May 2024
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Lovetotravel7559
Arvada, CO473 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The artificial experience with special headset was fabulous and told us so much about the famous alter piece. Also in this church is a huge Reuben painting. Fabulous
Written 21 May 2024
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Philip L
Ipswich, UK200 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The key attraction to this cathedral is the Mystic Lamb Altarpiece by Van Eyck. It is absolutely worth investing in the Augmented Reality experience offered here. The head set allows you to go on an amazing discovery that brings the cathedral to life before your very eyes and provides a brilliant insight into what to look at when you eventually see the altarpiece.
Bags and coats are not permitted to be carried into the experience so you must use a locker, provided free. The information on how to use these is poor! Note, you must use a four digit pass code of your choosing and the system then allocates you a numbered locker. There is no paperwork provided so you must not forget the 4 digit code you used or the locker number you were given.
Written 20 May 2024
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Jeanne H
Singapore, Singapore223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The VR tour was an interesting experience. We had chosen the 40 minute tour as we thought that 60 minutes was rather long. In the end, the tour turned out to be about 20 minutes. However, it provided enough information on the construction of the cathedral and the creation of the lamb of god painting, plus the details in the painting. If you can book the time you wish to visit the cathedral and see the Lamb of God, it is a much less painful process as there is a separate queue for people who have pre-booked their tickets.
Written 20 May 2024
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AndyJo1974
Bronx, NY132 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I gave up on waiting to go see the alter piece, even though it was the main attraction of the church, because the line wasn't that long, but it also wasn't moving. I suppose I missed out, but honestly, after no movement at all in more than 20 minutes, I just ran out of steam and decided whatever it was, I could miss it. Instead, I visited the gift shop and saw the post cards.
Written 29 April 2024
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VeggieBrummie
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Fantastic visit, if only for the brilliant audio guide commentary!

The place is fascinating, and learning about its history was enjoyable.
Written 29 April 2024
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LNHOOT
Davis, CA172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Really glad we did the paid experience which included the back of the cathedral and the AR experience. It was also much quieter relative to the busy main church area. AR quality wasn't amazing but it was fun. Would recommend.
Written 30 March 2024
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David
Lille, France1,827 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This cathedral is certainly worth visiting. Even more so it is worth paying the extra money to go and see the Adoration of the Mysytic Lamb, perhaps partly because only a minority of visitors appear to do so so it is notably much quieter in the nicer areas of the cathedral!
Written 23 March 2024
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Rugbynugget
Nottingham, UK376 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
If youre wanting to visit the Ghent altar piece be prepared to have to pay, contrary to what some guide books say. There is a charge to get into the higher part of the Cathedral. There was a quite unhelpful guy on the desk who informed us that you can only pay by car and made us go to the Cathedral shop, pay there and then produce a receipt. The altar piece itself is behind glass so be prepared to have people stood right up the glass blocking everyone's view. However, if you wait long enough you get the odd gap. After all that its worth viewing.
Written 1 March 2024
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LeBeauxVoyager
Balboa Island, CA177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
You don't have to be Catholic to feel the deep spiratuality Sint Baafs. (Bavo) You are surrounded with sculptures, paintings and stained glass. Saint Baafs (589–654), was patron saint of Ghent. An added Plus is the fact that the Alterpiece "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" is one of the oldest oil paintings in the world. There is a slight fee to see it, but well worth the price to behold its beauty. Paintied before Columbus sailed for the New World by the Van Eck brothers. A focus of the movie "Monuments Men". But St. Baafs is more thatn that. Many former Popes and princes lie in repose, entomed in marble with statary on top. Scroll the 2000+ photos (ignore the selfies) to see what you might be missing. Yes, there are other better known Cathedrals in Europe, but this one is a little bit special, out of the way. After you can enjoy a fine "Trappist" beer. The darker the better. After all the walking I was so thirsty my disappeared before my Brother in law could sip his. One was pleanty for me, but if you ar a real beer drinker, you will enjoy the variey.
Written 20 January 2024
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Avidesh
Oxford, UK598 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Its an average but beautiful looking cathedral thats worth a visit on a rainy day when you are looking for indoor activities.
Written 31 December 2023
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