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Medieval history

This abbey is where the city of Ghent has been founded. It's a ruin but still very interesting to visit. Often used for exhibitions and fairs. In past times there was also a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This abbey is where the city of Ghent has been founded. It's a ruin but still very interesting to visit. Often used for exhibitions and fairs. In past times there was also a medieval church next to the abbey. This is wonderful evoked by threes representing the former pillars.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

These ruins are definitely worth a visit but it only opens after April so I only saw it from the outside. You can see a lot of the old wall ruins but it would have been more interesting to see inside as well.

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Thank jordanellie41
Denver, CO
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Walked over there during opening hours to find no one there and no access. Bummer, as this was one of the things I would have really liked to see. When you have limited time in a small town like this, its frustrating to waste time and effort getting over there for nothing.

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Thank Garfieldluvr
Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

The ruin of the former Saint Bavo Abbey is definitely worth a visit if you are interested in the early medieval Ghent. You find this museum in a small park between the river Lyss and the R40 (Kasteellaan), close to the railway station 'Dampoort'. Unfortunately this museum is open to the public on sundays in the afternoon only.

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Thank charlesleflamand
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

Very interesting place, specially if you are interested in architecture. It is amazing to see the layout of the old cathedral in green, recreated of bushes and trees.

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Thank Margit D
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

We tried to find this place which was incorrectly located on the tourism map provided by the city. Eventually we found it, and ventured in. There was no ticket booth, no gate, no signs, no nothing. Upon entering, we were so excited, as the whole thing seemed magical -- ruins overgrown by nature. It was beautiful. However it wasn't long... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

The St Bavo's Abbey is close to where we are staying and is only open to the public on Sunday afternoons - 2-6pm with no charge for entry. The visits are handled by local volunteers who have produced an excellent written history which is available in English. We chatted to the 3 volunteers who were on duty and gained further... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

A group of neighbours opens and runs events in the oldest or second oldest abbey of Ghent, as well as opening the abbey every Sunday in summer. For a calender of events see: http://www.burenvandeabdij.be/kalender/ (only in Dutch). Most of the abbey is in ruins, but not all. There are quite a few statues displayed on the grounds. For nature lovers,... More 

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Thank Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

Some reviews here concern the St Bavo's Cathedral but these are 2 completely different sites. The cathedral is in the city centre and contains the Lamb of God painting (some panels are under restauration in the museum for fine arts, you can see the experts restauring there). The St Bavo's Abbey (see picture) is a medieval abbey in beautiful surroundings... More 

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Washington, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

This is an impressive building and there's a very good copy of the mystic lamb so you don't have to pay the 4 euro to see the original one (sorry, I know some people may find this unacceptable but it's just my opinion).

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