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Top 10 Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp & Ghent by Antony Mason

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Top 10The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb

St Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent is home to one of the greatest cultural treasures of northern Europe. This huge, exquisitely painted polyptych is the masterpiece of the brothers Hubrecht and Jan van Eyck. Its survival is something of a miracle. It was rescued from Protestant vandals in 1566, and from fire in 1822. Parts were carried off by French soldiers in 1794, sold in 1816, then stolen in 1934. Currently undergoing a five-year restoration, the polyptych is still on show, but the occasional panel may be missing.

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The Polyptych

The painting consists ...

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