This 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 Eyck brothers' 1432 Flemish Primitive masterpiece, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.

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.

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1. The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb

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Art enthusiasts swarm the Sint-Baafskathedraal to glimpse The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (De Aanbidding van het Lams God), a lavish representation of…

2. Belfort

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Ghent’s Unesco-listed 14th-century belfry (91m) is topped by a large dragon weathervane: he's become something of a city mascot. You’ll meet two previous…

3. Statue of Van Eyck Brothers

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This statue of the creators of Ghent's world-renowned Adoration of the Mystic Lamb was unveiled here for the 1913 World Expo.

4. Geeraard de Duivelsteen


This 13th-century Gothic castle has had many incarnations; it's been used as a monastery, a school, a seminary, a prison and an asylum. It also housed a…

5. Stadhuis

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Ghent’s magnificent and flamboyant city hall was started in 1519 but not finished until 1600, by which time it had transformed into a Renaissance-style…

6. Werregarenstraat

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Ghent's attachment to graffiti as an art form began in this central alley, known locally as Graffitistraatje. The website has a live map showing the…

7. Korenmarkt

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Ghent's best-loved waterfront square, the 'Wheat Market' is where you'll find some of the city's best architecture, including the former post office (now…

8. St-Jacobskerk

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The Romanesque twin towers of this iconic church date from the 12th century but the church itself has undergone numerous expansions, renovations and…