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St. Nicholas’ Church (Sint-Nik­laas­kerk)
St. Nicholas’ Church (Sint-Nik­laas­kerk)

St. Nicholas’ Church (Sint-Nik­laas­kerk)

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Owner of the oldest of the three great spires that dominate the pedestrianized heart of Ghent, the St. Nicholas’ Church (Sint-Nik­laas­kerk) was constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries in an eye-catching mixture of Romanesque and Flemish Gothic architectural styles. Built of Tournai limestone, its lovely exterior is adorned with flying buttresses and spiky spires as well as an imposing central tower; all this grandeur was paid for by Ghent’s wealthy medieval merchants to signal their wealth to the rival Flanders trading cities of Bruges and Antwerp. It’s probably more beautiful inside than out, but nevertheless all eyes lead to the Baroque high altar with its twisted side columns, floodlit through stained-glass windows high above. The church is currently under restoration but faint traces of fresco can still be seen on the supporting pillars of the nave. For the best view of St Nicholas’s flying buttresses, head for the viewing platform of the Belfry a few steps away.

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Mon 2–5pm, Tue–Sun 10am–5pm
Cataloniëstraat, Ghent, Belgium, 9000

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Ghent Walking City Tour

Ghent Walking City Tour

Forget about unprepared guides, huge groups, last minute cancellations ... Hire the professionalism of Niceday tours for a minimum price, FROM € 10 PERSON. Our guides explain the interiors of the churches, talk about art and history and discover the culture and secrets of the "Jewel of Flanders”. You will also get some incredible city tips about where to taste the typical Flemish food or have a Kwak beer in the "shoe bar" Dulle Griet.
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation


St. Nicholas’ Church (Sint-Nik­laas­kerk) hours of operation: Mon 2–5pm, Tue–Sun 10am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

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