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Saint Bavo's Cathedral Ghent, archive 2018

The church was originally a parish church dedicated to John the Baptist. In 942 Transmar, the bishop of Tournai, came to consecrate the church as Saint John's Church.
Emperor Charles V wanted to teach the rebellious Ghent a lesson by having the insurgents go through the city one after the other with a noose around their neck (the noose wearers) and in nightgowns. He wanted to keep Ghent under control forever by erecting the Spaniards Castle on the site of St. Bavo's Abbey (located right next to the confluence of the Lys and Scheldt). As a result, the canons of St. Bavo were obliged to move to another chapter house, which they found in 1539 in St. John's Church. The church became a collegiate church and was henceforth known as St. Bavo's Church (see Bavo). With the episcopal reclassification of the Netherlands in 1559, the diocese of Ghent was established; St Bavo's Church was elevated to a cathedral.
Until a few years ago, St. John's Church was still the parish church of St. John's Parish and also of St. Bavo's Cathedral, the main church of the diocese of Ghent. A few years ago, however, the parishes of Sint-Michiels, Sint-Niklaas and Sint-Baafs were merged, and since then the Sint-Michielskerk has served as the parish church for the three former parishes. The Saint Bavo Cathedral now only functions as a cathedral.

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