The St. Bavo’s Abbey is an iconic site for the origin of Ghent, it witnesses both a rich and tragic past. Founded in the 7th C by a monk Amandus to convert the population of Ghent, it was destroyed many centuries later by Charles V to make way for a castle. Recently the former abbey church rose again in greenery, high poplars evoke the lost church.
The Saint Bavo’s Abbey is a unique monument in the city, not only historically but also for its 150 species of wild plants that were listed.
In order to protect this splendid site as best as possible, it is only opened to visitors on weekends from April to October: on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 14 – 18.00 hrs.
Guided tours can be booked all year round:
+32 (0)9 210 10 75
Office hours: Mondays to Fridays from 9 to 18.00 hrs.
You can request a group visit by using the form on our website.