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Saint Michael's Church

Local name: Sint-Michielskerk

The church Michał's is a very characteristic building due to the unfinished western tower. In the original intention it was supposed to be the highest in Belgium, richly decorated structure 134 m high. This plan was never implemented - the construction was stopped at 24 m height. In 1828 it was finally abandoned and covered with a roof.

The interior of the church contains many priceless works of art, including a rich collection of Baroque paintings, including the work of Anthony Van Dyck depicting the death of Christ on the cross and the image of the resurrection of Lazarus by Otto Venius. Next to them you can see works by Gaspar De Craeyer, Karel van Mander, Philippe de Champaigne and Jan Bockhorst.

Noteworthy are also eighteenth-century sculptures, including the wooden figure of St. Sebastian by JF Allaert and eight white marble saints. In Sint-Michielskerk you can also see a copy of Our Lady of Bruges by Michelangelo.

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    Sint-Michielsplein 49000 Ghent , Belgium