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St-Baafskathedraal information

Ghent , Belgium
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8.30am-6pm Apr-Oct, to 5pm Nov-Mar
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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.