Ghent’s soaring, Unesco-listed, 14th-century belfry is topped by a large dragon. That’s a weathervane not a fire breather and it’s...
Statue of Van Eyck Brothers
Tribute to the creators of the Mystic Lamb.
Thirteenth-century Gothic castle.
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Home to Ghent’s premier theatre company. It also offers interesting ‘open rehearsals’ and workshops, but naturally almost everything’s...
This hip, if mildly ostentatious, modern brasserie-bar-restaurant is set in a magnificently restored former textile warehouse. It...
St-Baafsplein · interesting places nearby
St-Baafs cathedral's towering interior has some fine stained glass and an unusual combination of brick vaulting with stone tracery. A €0.20 leaflet guides you round the cathedral’s numerous art treasures, including a big original Rubens opposite the stairway that leads down into the partly muralled crypts. However, most visitors come to see just one magnificent work – the Van Eycks’ 1432 ‘Flemish Primitive’ masterpiece, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (adult/child/audio guide €4/1.50/1).
It’s kept in a special temperature-controlled, half-darkened chapel near the west entrance. If you don’t want to queue to see the original, a photographic copy is displayed for free in side-chapel 30, the sixth on the right beside the altar.