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St Bavo's Abbey

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St Bavo's Abbey

St Bavo's Abbey

St Bavo's Abbey

St Bavo's Abbey

St Bavo's Abbey

St Bavo's Abbey

You are on historic ground here.

In the 7th century, Amandus van Gent founded St Bavo’s Abbey here in an attempt to convert the inhabitants of this city of Ganda. Many centuries later, Charles V had most of the original abbey buildings demolished to make way for the notorious Spanjaardkasteel.

Recently, the former abbey church rose from its ashes, not in stone, but in greenery. 5-m high hornbeam pillars evoke the lost church. A concrete podium now stands where the altar used to be, ready to host artists’ shows. 

In order to protect this splendid site as best as possible, it is only opened to visitors on rare occasions. 

Info for groups

For a guided visit or tour contact one of these three guides’ associations:

Opening hours

  • M 05/10 closed
  • T 06/10 closed
  • W 07/10 closed
  • T 08/10 closed
  • F 09/10  >
  • S 10/10  >
  • S 11/10  >
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Voorhoutkaai 43
9000 Gent
Stadsplan: F3



9000 Gent
Tel.: +32-92698750
E-mailadres: boekjebezoek@gent.be
Website: BoekjeBezoek


Buren van de abdij

John Vandaele
9000 Gent
Tel.: +32-92259644

Historische Huizen Gent

Sint-Pietersplein 9
9000 Gent
Tel.: +32-92439730
Fax: +32-92439734


Visitor’s guide Ghent

Visitor’s guide Ghent

1,000 years against the current

  • Zien

Public transport

Van Eyckstraat



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