Visit Ghent

Ghent is without doubt one of the most beautiful historic cities in Europe and was given several pretty names: historic heart of Flanders, a city of all times, medieval Manhattan, Europe’s best kept secret, etc. You'll find a few highlights on this page.

The Ghent Altarpiece

Autumn 2012 sees work begin on the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece (The adoration of the Mystic Lamb) by the Brussels-based Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage. The Ghent Altarpiece is probably the best-known masterpiece of the Flemish Primitives. It was completed in 1432 and painted by Jan van Eyck and his older brother, Hubert. The work was commissioned by Joos Vijd, a senior alderman of the city of Ghent.
The work itself will be carried out at the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent over a period of five years. Yet, to mark the occasion of this unique restoration, an important exhibition is being staged to focus on this masterpiece at the Caermersklooster Provincial Cultural Centre. So although the public will not be able to view the Lamb of God itself in its entirety for a while in its usual surroundings (St. Bavo’s Cathedral), visitors will be able to learn more than ever before about this work of art during this exceptional period of its life.

St. Bavo’s Cathedral Ghent © www.lukasweb.be – Art in Flanders vzw, foto Hugo Maertens.

 

Belfry of Ghent

The 91-metre-tall belfry of Ghent is one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city centre of Ghent, Belgium, the other two belonging to Saint Bavo Cathedral and Saint Nicholas’ Church. Its height makes it the tallest belfry in Belgium.

 

Castle of the Counts

As the only surviving mediaeval castle in Flanders with a virtually intact defence system, the Castle of the Counts in Ghent is a sight especially worth visiting.

 

Design Museum

The Design museum Gent is the only museum in Belgium to house an international design collection. The museum complex, set in the central tourist area of the city of Ghent, consists of a majestic 18th century mansion and a modern wing …

 

SMAK

Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art. The permanent collection of top national and international works is presented in continuous interaction with original, often daring exhibitions …

 

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Special offer

Click here for our special offer in cooperation with ‘Gent Hotels‘:
One free entree ticket to the exhibition with every reservation.