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St Bavo's Cathedral

St Bavo's Cathedral

St Bavo's Cathedral

St Bavo's Cathedral

St Bavo's Cathedral

St Bavo's Cathedral

When Charles V was baptised there in 1500, the metamorphosis from a closed Romanesque church to a spacious Gothic one was fully underway. However, despite substantial financial support from the emperor, the cathedral still remained unfinished 58 years later. As a result, the funeral service for the deceased sovereign could not take place there.

All that remains of the original Romanesque church is the crypt. St. Bavo’s Cathedral houses an impressive number of art treasures: the baroque high altar in white, black and red flamed marble, the rococo pulpit in oak, gilded wood and marble, a major work by Rubens, the ‘Calvary Triptych’, attributed to Joos van Wassenhove, alias Justus van Gent, tombs of the Ghent bishops, and much more. However, one work stands out head and shoulders above the rest: the world-famous Ghent Altarpiece painted by Hubert and Jan van Eyck around 1432.

Find out more here about the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece.

To give you the opportunity to admire the restored outside panels of the Ghent Altarpiece in their full glory, they will be closed every day between noon and 1 pm.

Opening hours

  • W 16/08  >
  • T 17/08  >
  • F 18/08  >
  • S 19/08  >
  • S 20/08  >
  • M 21/08  >
  • T 22/08  >
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Access to the Vijdt chapel only possible with ticket for the Mystic Lamb.



9000 Gent
Tel.: +32-92692045
Stadsplan: D3


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In the summer, you can visit St Bavo's Cathedral every week for an organ concert.



In the neighbourhood


Kunstencentrum Vooruit Gent - Buitenkant
Dance, theatre, performance, literature and a generous portion of rock "n" roll.
Sint-Pietersabdij Gent
The refectory wing of St Peter’s Abbey is authentically medieval.
Het Huis van Kina Gent
A unique fossil of a pre-historic reptile, a splendid diorama room with native birds and an unbelievably cool interactive exhibition with thousands of rocks and minerals.