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The Belfry

The Belfry

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Town Hall

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The town hall is situated on the site where until 1482 the town representatives and guild's men met in separate houses. Because these houses were judged too small and too unrepresentative for such important people, it was decided that a new and bigger town hall had to be built. The first stone of this new hall was laid in 1482. The building was finished in 1484. Very soon, however, also this new hall was considered too small and from 1518 until 1535 a new and much bigger town hall was constructed in late-gothic style.

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address:Botermarkt 1

Cloth Hall

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Cloth was what made Ghent rich. Against the belfry tower stands the cloth hall of Ghent,built between 1425 and 1445. Everything in relation to the cloth trade, the main industry of Ghent, happened here. Sales contracts were signed here, the products were weighed here, etc.

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St. Bavo

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Ghent may well be the most beautiful city in Belgium and the SAINT BAVO may be the most awesome cathedral in the country. It was named after Saint Bavo, a 7th century local nobleman who became a saint after he had given away his possessions to the poor and entered the monastery. The cathedral with its mighty uprising tower is perhaps the most visible sign of the pride of the citizens of Ghent.

It contains a very famous mediaval painting: the 'Adoration of the Mystic Lamb' by Jan Van Eyck.  This painting is one of the earliest oil paintings and one of the hallmarks more..

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address:St.Baafsplein
zipcode:07801
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St. Nicholas

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Right in the heart of Ghent stands the Saint Nicholas church, one of the oldest churches of the city. An older version stood here until the 12th century until it burned down in 1120 and 1176. Because of their growing wealth the citizens of Ghent were able to construct a new and much bigger church. The present-day version was finished between 1220 and 1250.

The style of Saint Nicholas is the so-called 'Scheldt Gothic Style'. It differs from the later Brabantine Gothic Style because of the use of the blue-gray stone from the Tournai area.

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Fish Market

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Oude vismijn
Oude vismijn
photo by: Ragna Meul

This beautiful building with its baroque facade from 1689 stands near to the old Gravensteen on the Saint Veerle square. On top of the facade thrones a statue of Neptune, king of the seas. The other two statues represent the two rivers that flow through Ghent, the Scheldt river and the Leie river.

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Graslei and Korenlei

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Graslei
Graslei
photo by: Wanessa Torres

The numerous waterways passing through the city centre all flow towards the former port at the Graslei.
The elegant façades of the buildings on the Graslei and the Korenlei represent different architectural styles. However, together they make up a unique view Ghent can truly be proud of.
Each façade reflects a period in history reminding the visitor of the spirit of enterprise and the busy commercial activities of the old guilds.

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Belfry Tower

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Belfort
Belfort
photo by: Ragna Meul

The Belfry tower of Ghent is perhaps one of the most impressive ones in Flanders. It dominates, together with the St-Nicholas tower and the cathedral tower the medieval center of the city. The architects were Jan van Aelst and Filips van Beergine. The tower was completed in 1338, when the bells were rung for the English king Edward II. At the top corners of the towers a stone soldier on watch was placed. The only remaining original stone soldier was placed in the treasury room in 1870 to preserve the sculpture from further withering. Copies now adorn the four corners of the more..

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address:Sint Baafsplein

Meat Hall

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Near the Gravensteen stands the impressive meat hall, builtbetween 1407 and 1419. The gothic building with its large stepgable facade was used in the 15th and 16th centuries as the central hall where the butchers of Ghent could sell their meat.

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The Gravensteen

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Gravensteen June 2008
Gravensteen June 2008
photo by: Kathleen Hoffman

Gravensteen is the Dutch name for the 'castle of the count'. The counts of Flanders had castles built in the principal cities of the county. Because they had to maintain law and order, they continuously had to move from one city to the other. Therefore, they built a castle in most cities where they wanted to stay for a few months. The castle of Ghent is the only one which survived the centuries more or less intact.

The Gravensteen, like we know it today, has been constructed by Fillips of Alsasse who was count of Flanders between 1157 and 1191. He took part in one of the more..

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Castle of Gerald the Devil

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castle of Geraard den Duvel
castle of Geraard den Duvel
photo by: Ragna Meul

Behind the Saint Bavo Cathedral one can see the 'Geeraard de Duivel Steen', or the castle of Gerald the Devil. This little castle was one of the first houses to be build in stone. According to a long-living legend, a man lived here who was called Gerald. He was nicknamed 'the devil' because he married five times. Each time, however, he killed his wife to marry another one. Hence, the devil !. It is now used by the city administration of Ghent for storage of the archives.

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The Street of the EverChanging Graffiti

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photo by: joosts

In this street everyone with graffitiskills are left unbothered to perform their art. Sometimes it's rubish, sometimes it's wonderfull. Right in the center, it should be included in any tour of the city. Look in the pictures section to find it on the map.

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address:Werregarenstraat

Graffity Alley

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If you walk around the city center, you may stumble upon a little alley (Werregarenstraat) which is completely filled with graffiti. The paintings, which can be real works of art, change every week or so, as some 20 youngsters come to express themself in a place where nobody seems to be bothered by their splendid 'vandalism'.

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Botanical garden M. Thiery

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address:Berouw 55
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Botanical Garden of the University of Gent

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