Art in Saint Bavo’s Church

Inside a Chapel of Saint Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent

Inside a Chapel of Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent

As far as Gothic Cathedrals go, there wasn’t much special about Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in Belgium. The cathedral it wasn’t wasn’t particularly outlandish in its interior and I guess it is better that way rather than having an extremely elaborate structure that costs a lot of money to build and maintain. One thing I noticed though was that Belgian cathedrals seem to be big on paintings. At least from the ones that I have seen so far. Instead of what normally would have been statues of religious figures, they would have paintings. I don’t think I am used to that since most of the churches I would go to would usually have statues.

Chapel Inside Saint Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent

Chapel Inside Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent

Unlike the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp, which has a lot of paintings on their pillars, the Saint Bavo’s Cathedral have their paintings in the small chapels that dot the cathedral. I don’t really recognize any of the paintings but others seem to be important enough that they were kept behind the gates of the chapel. There is a curious chapel which has swirls of stuff on the ground. I wasn’t sure what it was but I thought it was interesting to see. The cathedral is not the art museum some cathedrals are but it is still worth a look in the building while you are in Ghent.

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