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Saint Bavo Cathedral
Saint Bavo Cathedral, also known as Sint-Baafs Cathedral, is the seat of the Diocese of Gent. The building is based upon the Chapel of St. John the Baptist, a primarily wooden construction; it was consecrated in 942. Traces of this original structure are evident in the cathedral's crypt. The chapel was subsequently expanded in the Romanesque style in 1038. From the 14th through the 16th centuries, nearly continuous expansion projects in the Gothic style were executed on the structure. A new choir, radiating chapels, expansions of the transepts, a Chapter-house, nave aisles and a single tower were all added during this period. Construction was considered complete in 1569. The cathedral is noted for its Gent Altarpiece, formally known as "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb". This altar is considered one of the most important works of the early Northern Renaissance.

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