In Ghent, churches are more than just buildings: they are living witnesses to the city’s rich history. The majestic towers of these monuments not only define the city’s skyline, they are also gateways to a past full of stories.

Discover Ghent’s Monumental Churches

The city centre of Ghent boasts five churches, all architectural gems located within walking distance from one another. From the imposing St Bavo's Cathedral to the dynamic St Nicholas' Church, they all have their own story to tell. These churches, including St Michael's Church, St James' Church and Our Lady of St Peter's Church, together constitute a unique panorama of the cultural history of Ghent and the Southern Low Countries. Immerse yourself in the architectural splendour and discover world-class masterpieces such as the iconic Ghent Altarpiece and paintings by Rubens and Van Dyck. 

Non-profit organisation Monumentale Kerken Gent has opened up this heritage to the general public, giving everyone the opportunity to experience and admire its history. 

A Cultural Dive into the Heart of Ghent

Ghent’s churches are more than bricks and mortar; they are an invitation to travel through time. Be amazed by the beauty of the historical centre and the Arts Quarter along this walking route (5km) which you can explore by yourself. Discover the stories that are hidden in every brick, and become part of Ghent’s living history. 

Monumentale Kerken Gent

Ghent's horizon is characterised by its many churches and their towers. This brochure takes you on a tour of Ghent's nine Monumental Churches. You will discover more about their rich history and the many works of art they house.

Available in 5 different languages: Dutch, French, English, German and Spanish

A paper version of this brochure is also available in the tourist office.