Visit

Welcome to the site of the Saint Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent (Belgium).


For over a thousand years this has been a place of prayer and Christian worship. Some of our visitors come to pray and to participate in Holy Mass. Others come to admire this magnificent building and its art treasures. Others still, come for concerts, exhibitions and organ recitals. We hope that everyone feels truly welcome here.

A visit to the Saint Bavo's Cathedral is very easy.
Our sole day of closure is the 1st of January.
The visiting hours are as follows.

Visit

Welkom in

Sint-Baafskathedraal Gent

Dear visitors,
Every day at 12 am till 1 pm the outside panels of the triptych will be closed.
This way you will be able to admire the restored outside panels in their full glory, during one hour a day.

Bear in mind that visitors to the "Mystic Lamb" are allowed till 15 minutes before closing of the Chapel.
So in Winter till 3.45 pm and in Summer till 4.45 pm

Summer season (from 1st of April until 31th of October)
The cathedral opens at 8.30 am and closes at 6.00 pm
except for Sundays when we open at 10 am and close at 6.00 pm.
Casual visitors to the cathedral are on Sunday, only allowed from 1.00 pm.

Winter season (from 1st of November until 31st of March)
The cathedral opens at 8.30 am and closes at 5.00 pm
except on Sundays when we open at 10 am and close at 5.00 pm.
Casual visitors to the cathedral are on Sunday, only allowed from 1.00 pm.

Part of the cathedral can be closed on short notice, for religious services.

Our volunteers are present to help and guide visitors to the cathedral, free of charge.

The cathedral does not have its own parking.
There is however plenty of parking space in the town of Ghent.

 

The chapel with the famous painting "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" has its own hours.
In our summer season it is open from 9.30 am and closes at 5.00 pm.
In our winter season the visiting hours are from 10.30 am until 4.00 pm.
On Sundays all through the year the chapel is open from 1.00 pm.

Tickets:
Individual visit (audio guide included): EUR 4,-
Groups (from 15 persons: EUR 3,-
Schools: EUR 1,5
Audio guide: EUR 1,-

Entrance to the chapel is possible until 15 minutes before closing time.
Individual visitors receive an audio guide with an explanation of the painting.
These are currently available in Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish and Japanese.
Tour and other guides are not allowed to talk inside this chapel.
They can prepare a visit to the painting by using the colour copy further in the cathedral.