Other works of art
Other works of art in the cathedral
The Ghent Altarpiece is not the only masterpiece that is housed within the old walls of the Ghent cathedral. From the in 1536 abolished Saint Bavo’s Abbey, the monks transferred various objects to the former Saint Bavo’s Church. One of the most special is Livinus' manuscript which contains the four Gospels. It is one of the oldest preserved books in Belgium, since it dates from the 9th century.
Most of the masterpieces on display were made after the church became a cathedral when the diocese of Ghent was founded in 1559. Here you can already find some of them.