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St Baafskathedraal (St Bavo’s Cathedral)
Probably Ghent’s most important sight, St Baafskathedraal started off as a simple parish church in 942, and gradually grew over the years until it reached its present magnificent form in 1628. Housing 27 chapels and one of the largest crypts in Europe, the cathedral is particularly famous as the home of the famous work of art ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ painted by Hubert and Jan van Eyck. During the Ghent Festival only, it is possible to climb up the 82m bell tower to enjoy the views.
Stedelijk Museum voor Aktuele Kunst (SMAK)
Formerly a casino, this museum houses works by some of the finest modern artists, including Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Panamerenko and Joseph Beuys. www.smak.be
Museum voor Schone Kunsten
Ghent ’s Museum of Fine Art houses collections of fine art by such artists as Hieronymous Bosch, Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens. The Museum is currently being renovated and in the meantime, some of the Old Masters can be viewed at the Cathedral and the Museum voor Sierkunst.
Museum voor Sierkunst
Housed within an 18 th century townhouse, this decorative arts museum has a wide-ranging collection ranging from lavishly furnished period rooms that house textiles, furniture and artefacts from the 17th – 19th centuries to a newer extension which houses Art Nouveau and contemporary works.