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Are photos allowed ?

Is the use of cameras allowed in St Bravo ( The Ghent altarpiece ) and in The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam ?

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Unless there had been a recent change, no cameras allowed in St. Bavo Cathedral.

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I took lots of photos recently at the Rijks, no flash. The restoration of the building is beautiful with lots of light.

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I have lots of photos of the general interior of St Bravo's - in fact I have a photo that shows about 20 other people taking photos :). However, there must have been stricter restrictions around the altarpiece because I wasn't able to get any photos of that. This was in 2014.

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I find it more and more difficult to visit churches because of all the other visitors who don't respect it as a place of worship. If there is a sign that says "no photography," that's it. Don't take pictures. Why should you need an enforcer to respect the wishes of the church?

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We were in the RS tour in 2016 for holland and Belgium. I have pics and I think most places ok with no flash. Van Gogh.... no cameras at all

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Edit: Specially looked today in St. Bavo’s Cathedral and as soon as you enter it signs show: No camera’s (still and video), no dogs, no food and no cell phones, in the mean while smart phones ofcourse :).

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I was able to take non-flash photos at St. Bavo's but not of the Ghent Altarpiece: it's a separate fee to see that piece and photos are strictly forbidden. Do be aware that parts of the altarpiece are still undergoing restoration.

I see on Trip Advisor that some recent visitors have taken snaps of other parts of the church, and a mention from another recent visitor that non-flash photos were allowed. Someone mentioned not being able to do that but they may have been there during a service of some sort or meant of the altarpiece. Then again, Wil was just there so I guess I'd just be prepared for either case?

Don't miss the crypt!

http://www.sintbaafskathedraal.be/en/visit.html
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g188666-d245955-Reviews-St_Bavo_s_Cathedral_Sint_Baafskathedraal-Ghent_East_Flanders_Province.html

Rijksmuseum:
https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/organisation/frequently-asked-questions/visiting

"You are only permitted to take photos without a flash and videos without the use of lights. You are not permitted to take photographs or record video or film that requires the use of lights, flashbulbs and/or tripods (incl. selfie sticks) without prior written permission from the Rijksmuseum Board of Directors."

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Despite it is not allowed and the signs clearly visible I saw some visitors taken photos too. There are people from the Cathedral monitoring the visitors, they not always pointing to the signs so maybe are to a certain extend tolerant. But nevertheless I really regret ignoring the signs as at the end the Cathedral remains a place of worship and actually everybody should respect that in the first place, being religious or not.

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Wil, I wouldn't have taken pictures if it wasn't allowed. Really. I swear when I was there that the no-photos signs only applied to the altarpiece room, and other than no flash allowed, there were no posted bans on use of lenses. But that may have changed!

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Kathy - My remark was more about what I saw during my visit, the signs at the entrance are on a loose meter high stand and can be if needed put aside. So in this case the visitors I saw must have ignored the sign. Can’t speak for your visit, likely the stand with the signs is not always placed there, but if so actually you can’t miss it.