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Old Post office
St. Bavo's Cathedral
Gent is a city located in Northwest of Belgium in the region of Vlaanderen. Located at the confluence of the rivers Scheldt and Lys in the Middle Ages was one of the largest and richest cities in Europe. Today is the second city in population of Belgium and one of its universities centres. All July 21 celebrates the "Gent Festes", a festival that attend by more than two million people a year. Its old town was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1998.
N 51º 03' 14''
E 03º 43' 14''
The Castle of the Counts of Flanders (Gravensteen) was built in the late twelfth century by Philip of Alsace. Located in the heart of the city, served as a great defensive element as it allowed the monitoring and control fro the top of the tower. It is now perfectly restored and still retains a medieval moat with water. In the interior, highlights especially the torture chamber, with an extensive collection of weapons and instruments used for these purposes.
The Belfort (Belfry) was built in 1313, and symbolises the autonomy of the city and the enormous power of medieval guilds. Inside you can see an exhibition of bells, among which is the famous bell Roland, with his mythical dragon painted in gold, there is also a small museum with other dragons. At the top of the tower is accessed outside, where you get the best views of Gent. It was declared a world heritage site by Unesco in 1999.
The Church of St. Nicholas was built in the thirteenth century on an ancient temple burned down in 1176. It is a clear example of gothic called Scaldian, with a pronounced vertical exterior façade. During the French Revolution was devastated and used as stables and since then began an extensive rebuilding process, which continues to this day to convert this building in one of the most beautiful of the city.
Herbs Pier (Graslei) is without doubt one of the most magical places in Gent and the most appreciated by its inhabitants. This port is full of medieval life. The terraces, historic buildings lined up perfectly, its romantic canal kissing its shores and the real deployment of romanesque, gothic and renaissance architecture invite you to stroll and relax while the imagination flies to ancient times.
This magnificent building that blends the gothic, romanesque and baroque is a must-see of the city. The most important church of Gent becomes relevant for two main facts: the first because here was baptised in 1500, Emperor Charles I of Spain and V of Germany and second because inside there is a genuine artistic treasures as “The adoration of the Mystic Lamb” of the brothers Van Eyck and other important works by artists such as Rubens, Lucas de Heere or Wassenhove.
The City Council of Gent is a magnificent building with an exceptional variety of styles. The flamboyant gothic façade of the Hoogpoort contrasts with the sober renaissance style façade of the Botermarkt. Inside, discover a variety of styles and the Board of Arsenal, with a beautiful wooden dome, or the wonderful Wedding Chapel, lighted by six windows representing the counts of Flanders. Only you can visit the company of a guide.
The tower of the church of St. Michael had to rise above the others, but history decided otherwise, it should have reached a height of 134 meters, but it remained a mere 24 meters. In 1828, the unfinished tower received a flat termination. The church has many paintings and sculptures, amongst them “Christ on the Cross” by Anthony Van Dyck.
- It is highly recommended to walk through the Herbs Pier.
- There you can take a ship for visit the channels of the city.