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Top Choice Artwork in Ghent

The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb

Art enthusiasts swarm Ghent's Saint Bavo's Cathedral to glimpse The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (De Aanbidding van het Lams God), a lavish representation of medieval religious thinking that is one of the earliest-k…
Top Choice Gallery in Ghent

MSK

Styled like a Greek temple, this superb 1903 fine-art gallery introduces a veritable A-Z of great Belgian and Low Countries’ painters from the 14th to mid-20th centuries. Highlights include a happy family of coffins…
Top Choice Area in Ghent

Patershol

Dotted with half-hidden restaurants, enchanting Patershol is a web of twisting cobbled lanes whose old-world houses were once home to leather tradesmen and to the Carmelite Fathers (Paters), hence the name. An aimle…
Top Choice Bar in Ghent

't Dreupelkot

A traditional jenever bar, serving 100 Belgian concoctions – including the owner's homemade prune and raisin versions – and one north French. Traditionally jenever is made from grain and malt and packs a punch at 40…
Historic Building in Ghent

St-Pietersabdij

Once the country’s biggest abbey, St-Pieters was the original centre around which Ghent grew. Its fabulous wealth evaporated after French revolutionary armies confiscated all its properties, stripped its interiors a…
Cathedral in Ghent

St-Baafskathedraal

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 …
Castle in Ghent

Gravensteen

The counts of Flanders’ quintessential 12th-century stone castle comes complete with moat, turrets and arrow slits. It’s all the more remarkable considering that during the 19th century the site was converted into a…
Museum in Ghent

Huis van Alijn

In a restored 1363 children’s hospice complex, this delightful museum examines how everyday life was lived from the 1890s to 1970s. Although not all is in English, many exhibits are self-explanatory, including quain…
Historic Building in Ghent

Belfort

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 become something of a city mascot. You’ll meet two previous dragon incarnations on t…
Museum in Ghent

MIAT

In a five-floor, 19th-century mill-factory building, this thought-provoking museum celebrates Ghent’s history of textile production and examines the social effects of 250 years of industrialisation. A very extensive…