Awaken your senses with Van Eyck
To discover the Ghent of master painter Jan van Eyck, you need to use more than just your eyes and ears. Immerse yourself in a tantalising feast for the senses and encounter hidden gems in the historic city.
Flemish Master Jan van Eyck is inextricably linked to the medieval city of Ghent. Six centuries ago, he first put pencil to canvas to create his masterpiece the Ghent Altarpiece. This polyptych was commissioned for the majestic St. Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent, which it still adorns today. The Seven Senses Tour allows you to explore Van Eyck's in every way possible. On this unique tour, you'll use your five senses, and maybe even a few more. Discover Ghent with tour eyes, ears, nose and taste buds, as well as the sixth and even seventh senses of the master.
Your tour of the city begins on foot from the historic Belfry, just a stone's throw from the cathedral. A beautiful walk through the city takes you past numerous street art treasures, each a nod to the life and work of our great Flemish Master. Artist Isaac Cordal has placed thirty small statues of Adam and Eve, who feature is the Ghent Altarpiece, across the entire city. You'll need to be eagle-eyed to spot them all.
After an arty walk, it's time to discover Ghent from the water. A boat will sail you down the rivers Lys and Scheldt to several unique spots. You'll arrive at an underground vault, under the hustle and bustle of the city centre, where you can walk among images from the iconic altarpiece and be immersed in a sound and light spectacle.
Then, your taste buds will be stimulated with a visit to the Groot Vleeshuis, a covered market that originates from the late Middle Ages, where you can taste culinary specialities, from Van Eyck's era. In the grand hall of the Castle of Gerald the Devil from the 13th century, your nose will take the lead. An art installation disseminates the scent of the heavenly garden depicted in the Ghent Altarpiece. Finally, treat your ears to a musical soundscape in the Achtersikkel, an oasis of peace in the heart of the city.