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Travel and Places: Ghent Attractions

top attractions in ghent, belgium

Somewhere in Belgium is a beautiful city, Ghent. Ghent may not have as much sparkle as Bruges, but this old medieval city is on a class of its own, boasting of interesting landmarks and museums. A visit to Ghent is intellectually stimulating; in all likelihood, you will be leaving the city loaded with information.

Two stops you should not miss in Ghent are the Gothic Cloth Hall and Belfry Tower. The Cloth Hall is part and parcel of Ghent’s trading history, as it used to be the place where cloth and wool trading took place. The Belfry, meanwhile, is recognized as a World Heritage site, and is a magnificent thing to behold. Rising to 295 feet high, the tower is topped by a copper dragon, and holds bells that ring out for an hour every Friday and Sunday, specifically from 11:30 in the morning to 12:30 in the afternoon. You have to time your visit to Ghent, then, in order to hear the bells clinging and clanging.

Another landmark in Ghent is the St. Bavo’s Cathedral. The façade is nothing extraordinary, but behind the stone walls is a treasure trove – a collection of artworks, carved tombs, and memorials all of great value. A particular highlight of the cathedral is The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, a 24-panel work of art started by Hubert van Eyck in 1420 but was completed by his brother, Jan van Eyck in 1432.

The Castle of the Counts is a must visit. A fortress that looks like a gray stone lion crouching over the entire city, the castle was designed by no less than the counts of Flanders themselves to protect the people of Ghent. Inside are relics of the torture chamber, weapons, and some armor. If these all sound and look depressing to you, go up the building and have a magnificent view of Ghent’s towers.

There are two notable museums in Ghent, too, among these the Bijlokemuseum and the Museum voor Schone Kunsten or the Fine Arts Museum. The Bijlokemuseum used to be a Cistercian convent from the 14th century but is now an exhibit of everything that depicts everyday living during the past years. Also featured are original works of art of Ghent and Flanders. The Fine Arts Museum, on the other hand, features masterpieces by artists Anthony Van Dyck, Hieronymus Bosch, Theodore Gericault, Peter Paul Rubens, George Minne, Constant Permeke, Theo van Rysselberghe, and James Ensor.

 

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Nice article.Can you add a few tips on how to reach Ghent after landing at Belgium.I hope that I am not criticizing you.Thank you

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