Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium

The main attraction to visit St. Bavo cathedral, Ghent was to see the altarpiece –The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb–by van Eyck. There was a small fee to enter the room to see it. Amazing art work, the only disappointing part was none of the tourists were allowed to photograph it. Though now I see a lot of pictures of it in the internet.

For over a thousand years this has been a place of prayer and Christian worship. Here are some pictures from the interiors.

The magnificent church houses some wonderful art treasures. The imposing structure has square tower topped with four small spires. The religious art work on the door arch paused my entry to the church. Excellent and delicate carvings… all figures telling a story.

Once inside I was surrounded by impressive stained-glass windows. A sunny day, with light filtering in through them will be a sight to behold!

The observer and the observed! Who was who!The tourist observing the saint’s statue or the saint’s spirit observing the tourist?

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17 Responses

  1. dr.antony says:

    Lovely pics.
    Looks almost like the Cologne cathedral.

  2. Vaish says:

    Great pics! Lovely work inside the cathedral!

  3. Sylvia K says:

    Such a magnificent cathedral! Wonderful captures as always, Indrani, and the stained glass window is superb! Hope you have a great week! Enjoy!

  4. VaishVijay says:

    The perspective of the 'observer and the observed' is fantastic!

  5. Carver says:

    That's a beautiful cathedral.

  6. yes, it touches us energetically: the building, the figures, the glass, the organ, the art. . . Humans are amazing – as India temples also attest.
    I Googled the van Eyk; a most mystical picture! Thank you, Indrani

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  7. magiceye says:

    Beautifully captured!!

  8. Joyful says:

    The cathedral interiors are really special.

  9. ladyfi says:

    Love the soaring roof and stained glass window!

    And love your last observation too.

  10. Leovi says:

    Yes, very nice pictures, excellent framing. Saludos.

  11. Rajesh says:

    Looks real nice place. I hate it when they say photography not allowed.

  12. Gary says:

    Great series of shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  13. George says:

    Thank you for sharing your photos of this magnificent cathedral with us. It's too bad you were not allowed to take pictures of the altarpiece.

  14. Farida says:

    Great architecture I would say! I'd love to see this in person but your photo has captured the beauty of it 🙂

  15. Spiderdama says:

    What a wonderful church! And that entrance, majestic. Great details and pictures.

    I`v only visit Belgium airports..:-)

  16. What a wonderful place to explore! So much to see.

  17. Fun60 says:

    They say the best art in the world is found inside churches. I think whoever said that is right. Great pictures.

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