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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

  • F 24/11  >
  • S 25/11  >
  • S 26/11  >
  • M 27/11  >
  • T 28/11  >
  • W 29/11  >
  • T 30/11  >
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Access to the Vijdt chapel only possible with ticket for the Mystic Lamb.

Contact

Sint-Baafskathedraal

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

Publication

Visitor’s city guide Ghent

Visitor’s city guide Ghent

Please feel free to browse through this guide and get to know our city a little better.

Public transport

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Korenmarkt

Events

Exhibitions

Whale spotting
In 2015, a young finback whale came into the port of Ghent on the bow of a ship from Brazil. The young animal, measuring almost 12 metres long, had died at sea and was brought to land by the fire brigade.

Exhibitions

Whale spotting
Ghent University is celebrating its 200th anniversary and displaying the Ghent University Museum’s collection at various locations around the city. Scientific objects invite dialogue with their new surroundings.

Blogs

Sint-Baafskathedraal

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