Tour of Gent's Churches, Ghent

Gent has several cathedrals and churches that are definitely worth a visit. Gent is a city that values beautiful, elegant architecture, which is reflected in its sacred buildings. Some of the most magnificent churches are Saint Bavo Cathedral, Saint-Nicolas' Church and Saint Michael's Church. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most stunning churches in this splendid city.
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Tour of Gent's Churches Map

Guide Name: Tour of Gent's Churches
Guide Location: Belgium » Ghent (See other walking tours in Ghent)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.0 km
Author: vickyc
Saint Elisabeth Church

1) Saint Elisabeth Church

Sint-Elisabethkerk, or Saint Elisabeth Church, is a UNESCO World Heritage site dating from 1234. The church bears the name of Elisabeth of Hungary, also known as Saint Elisabeth of Thuringia. Scenes of her life are depicted on the neo-Gothic pulpit. Some parts of the church originate in the 13th century, when the beguinage was established. In the 17th century the church underwent major reconstruction, assuming the Baroque style complete with a distinctive element—the small wooden Baroque...   view more
Saint Michael's Church

2) Saint Michael's Church (must see)

Saint Michael's Church is a Roman Catholic church devoted to the Archangel Michael. Construction of the current church probably began in 1440 and took place in two phases, separated by a long interruption. During the first phase, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the western part of the building was built, including the tower, the three-aisled nave and transept. This was completed in 1530. Continued construction of the steeple started in in 1566. Then, due to religious conflicts,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Nicholas' Church

3) St. Nicholas' Church (must see)

St. Nicholas' Church is one of the oldest and most prominent landmarks in the city. Begun in the early 1200s as a replacement for an earlier Romanesque church, construction continued through the rest of the century in the local Scheldt Gothic style (named after the nearby river). Typical of this style is the use of blue-gray stone from the Tournai area, the single large tower above the crossing, and the slender turrets at the building's corners. The central tower, which was funded in...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Saint James Church

4) Saint James Church

Saint James Church was built on the former location of a chapel in the 12th century. This monumental church was first built in the Roman religious style. Today you can still see some elements of the original church. The building was renovated in the 13th and 14th centuries. The towers of the church were built in the Gothic style, although many ornaments reflect the Roman style. The facade of the church was built in the Baroque style and neo-Romanesque elements were later...   view more
Saint Bavo Cathedral

5) Saint Bavo Cathedral (must see)

Saint Bavo Cathedral, also known as Sint-Baafs Cathedral, is the seat of the Diocese of Gent. The building is based upon the Chapel of St. John the Baptist, a primarily wooden construction; it was consecrated in 942. Traces of this original structure are evident in the cathedral's crypt. The chapel was subsequently expanded in the Romanesque style in 1038. From the 14th through the 16th centuries, nearly continuous expansion projects in the Gothic style were executed on the structure. A new...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Saint Anna Church

6) Saint Anna Church

Saint Anna Church was built on the former site of Saint Ann Chapel. The church was constructed from 1853-1862 and has a splendid facade. Saint Anna Church was built in the Eclectic style but has many Gothic ornaments. The interior of the church is a blend of styles. Keep an eye out for frescoes by Theodoor Canneel, Byzantine decorations, splendid wall paintings and magnificent blue domes dotted with...   view more
St. Peter Abbey

7) St. Peter Abbey (must see)

St. Peter Abbey is an old abbey that dates back to the 7th century. It has been rebuilt several times. The current building was built in the 17th century in the Baroque style. It later acquired classic elements, including a portico and columns. Many beautiful decorations and sculptures adorn the...   view more
St. Paulus Church

8) St. Paulus Church

St. Paulus Church is a large, Christian church located in the southern part of the city that features domes windows and towers. It is a magnificent white building with beautiful decorative elements. Locals know the church as...   view more

Walking Tours in Ghent, Belgium

Create Your Own Walk in Ghent

Create Your Own Walk in Ghent

Creating your own self-guided walk in Ghent is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tour of South Gent

Tour of South Gent

Gent is a city with many attractions. There are exceptionally interesting things to see even outside of the city center. The south section of Gent boasts some fabulous architectural sights, such as the Book Tower and an old religious complex. There are also some museums that are definitely worth a visit. Take this self-guided tour to explore the best South Gent has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Tour of Gent's Museums

Tour of Gent's Museums

Gent is a beautiful Belgian city. It is the largest city in the East Flanders province, and it boasts many interesting museums. The most important museums include the Design Museum, the House of the Alijn Family, the Museum of Folklore and more. Take this self-guided tour to visit the most popular museums in Gent.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Tour of West Gent

Tour of West Gent

West Gent will surprise you with its hidden architectural gems, medieval monuments, museums and shops. There is also a city cemetery where you will see many beautiful monuments and statues. Take this self-guided tour to explore the western area of Gent.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Tour of Gent's Art Galleries and Museums

Tour of Gent's Art Galleries and Museums

There are many art galleries and art museums in Gent, many of which showcase contemporary art. An art lover's trip to Gent won't be complete without a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Modern Art, known by locals as S.M.A.K. This self-guided tour will lead you to the best art galleries and museums in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Tour of Gent's Shopping Areas

Tour of Gent's Shopping Areas

There are a lot of memorable things to buy in Gent. Gent's shops are full of Belgian souvenirs, chocolate, artwork and other delights. If you're not looking to buy, you can still enjoy window shopping at the many shops surrounding the main historic areas. Take this self-guided tour to discover the best shopping in Gent.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Gent is one of the most beautiful historic cities in Belgium. The city's many medieval buildings, breathtaking squares, and impressive monuments attract thousands of tourists from around the world. Take this orientation walk to see Gent's most famous landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km