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cathedral
Location type: cathedral
Location address: België, 9000, Gent, Sint-Baafsplein
Number of texts: 6
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The cathedral was once no more than a small parish church. But nothing remains of the original chapel consecrated in 942. The oldest parts of the cathedral are two Romanesque aisles in the crypt. They date from 1150. When, in 1540, Charles V had the nearby Abbey of St Bavo demolished to build the Spaniard’s Castle, both the monks and their relics (including a bone from St Bavo’s upper arm) took shelter here in this church. When the diocese of Ghent was established in 1561 the church automatically became a cathedral (‘cathedra’ means ‘the bishop’s seat’). Inside the cathedral you will find dozens of art treasures to captivate you. In addition to such delights as the overpowering 1745 rococo pulpit and a superb Rubens, this cathedral is privileged to be the home of the most important work in the history of Flemish art: The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the Van Eyck brothers.

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Its hard to miss the 82 meters high tower of the Sint-Baafs Kathedral.

It is the oldest church of the 59 churches of Ghent.

In the year 942, the predecessor, the Church of Saint John was already mentioned. Only in the year 1540, it became officially a cathedral.

Of the actual church of Saint John, you can only see a few 12th century parts in the crypt of the cathedral.

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During his journey to the Netherlands (1520–21), Albrecht Durer came to admire van Eyck’s altarpiece in the Sint-Baafskathedraal.

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The cathedral of Saint Bavon has been destroyed and rebuilt several times and now consists of different styles, from the Romanesque of…

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Deze prachtige kathedraal aan het Sint-Baafsplein werd in verschillende bouwstijlen opgetrokken: de Romaanse (de crypte), hooggotische en laatgotische stijl. Keizer Karel werd in 1500 in de Sint-Baafskathedraal gedoopt.
In de doopkapel bevindt zich het beroemde meesterwerk ‘De aanbidding van het Lam Gods’. Dit werk van de gebroeders Van Eyck uit 1432 wordt als hoogtepunt van de Vlaamse schilderkunst van de 15de eeuw beschouwd - een absolute aanrader!
Ook de gerenommeerde P. P. Rubens is hier vertegenwoordigd, met zijn ‘Intrede van de H. Bavo’ (1623). Het orgel van de kathedraal, in speelse barokstijl (1653), is het grootste van de Benelux. Een aantal mooie grafmonumenten kan men eveneens bewonderen. In de crypte bevinden zich fresco’s uit de 15de en 16de eeuw, talrijke graven en een rijke collectie kerkbenodigdheden.

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