Saint Bavo of Ghent

detail of a painting of Saint Bavo of Ghent, Hieronymous Bosch, right outer wing of the Last Judgement triptych, grisaille on panel, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna, Austria, latter 15th century; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Allowin
  • Bavon of Ghent



Belgian nobleman who spent a wild youth, noted for selfishness; known to have sold his servants as slaves to local noble houses. Married. Widower. Converted after hearing a sermon by Saint Amand of Maastricht. Built an abbey on his estate, called Saint Peter‘s in his day and Saint Bavo’s today. He turned it over to Saint Amand, and became a monk in the house. He finally gave his estate to the house, his belongings to the poor, and lived as a recluse in a hollow tree and later a cell in the forest near the abbey.



  • 654 at Saint Bavo’s abbey of natural causes




MLA Citation

  • “Saint Bavo of Ghent“. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 December 2020. Web. 1 December 2021. <>