Cathédrale St-Bavon : Michelin's recommendations
The cathedral stands on the site of the former 12C St John's Church (of which there are remains in the crypt). It was built in stages in the 14C, 15C and 16C, thus various styles mingle, such as the Scaldian Gothic chancel, Brabant Gothic tower or late-Gothic nave. The 14C Tournai-stone lofty chancel was extended with five radiating chapels topped by a triforium in the 15C. The 16C sandstone and brick nave has graceful late-Gothic balustrades. The highly-coveted Polyptych of the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb has often been removed from the chapel where it was first placed in 1432 and mutilated several times. Since 1986, it can be seen in the former baptistery that has been converted into a strong room. The outstanding altarpiece is attributed to Jan Van Eyck, who may have executed it with his brother Hubert. The Mystic Lamb surrounded by angels is shown on lower section panels. An Enthroned Christ is featured in the centre of the upper section as a Triumphant High-Priest. Among the furnishings and other works of art, note the Rococo pulpit, the Jesus Among the Doctors (F. Pourbus the Elder) altarpiece and Vocation of St Bavo by P.-P. Rubens. The crypt (largest in Flanders) contains among other riches the Calvary triptych, a major work by Justus van Gent executed before he left for Italy.
- Address : Sint-Baafsplein 1 B - 9000 Gent9000Gent
- Phone : 092692045
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