The Ghent Altarpiece could finally return home. And its natural habitat had, in the meantime, been revamped. This masterpiece has been exhibited in a rather cramped space in the cathedral since 1985. A spot that didn’t do justice to the age-old glory of this retable. That had to change. Therefore a chapel in the apse of the cathedral was transformed into the new home of the Mystic Lamb and a brand new visitors’ centre was built in the crypt of the stately cathedral.
There, with augmented reality glasses, you can travel back to the distant past in the cathedral’s crypt, and witness the tumultuous history the Ghent Altarpiece and the cathedral as if you were there. Both the masterpiece and the imposing building are brought to life down to the smallest detail. Come and experience the supreme mystery. Whether you’re hardcore art lovers or a visiting family, the Ghent Altarpiece visitors’ center welcomes you all and prepares you to discover the magnus opus in its full glory, in the Sacrament Chapel of the Cathedral.
The Mystic Lamb has returned home: in its very own St Bavo’s cathedral in the centre of the city. The Ghent Altarpiece lives. Long live the Ghent Altarpiece.