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Behind the Sint-Pietersstation you will find a real gem called the Miljoenenkwartier or the Millionairs District which is the former 'beehive' of the rich and wealthy of the early 20th century. A lot of architects, businessmen and factoryowners built some really extraordinary houses and villas which give a special look and atmosphere to this neighborhood. i recently discovered this area, though Gent was quite familiar to me before. You will see hardly tourists here coz it is not close to the historical heart of the city but its nevertheless easy to visit coz the trainstation is just a little walk away.
Written Dec 1, 2009
This bombarde is made of wrought iron and is as heavy as 12.000 kilos and as long as 5 meter ! Produced in the 15th century, the legend telsus it made one victim during it's first usage : the shooter himself !
Originally it was probably stolen in Oudenaarde around 1578 together with another weapen.
Located at the Groot kanonplein, between the Graslei and the Vrijdagsmarkt.
Written Aug 22, 2009
It always pays to look up, wherever you are. Many architectural details and curiosities are easily missed if you only look at eye-level.
Gent is no exception. You'll see carvings, and little statues, and twiddly decorations all over the place.
Here are some I spotted on my rather brief visit:
Written Aug 25, 2008
Tourist strolling around in Ghent in the neighborhood of the "Castle of Counts" will have, without doubt, seen the old facade of the previous "Fishmine" in Ghent.
The fishmine will be reconstructed and in the meantime Graffiti artist or free to show their talents.
Updated Jun 30, 2007
Don’t forget to visit one of beguinages, oases of peace and quiet in the busy heart of the city.
More (general) information on the Flemish Beguinages can be found here.
In Gent you can visit 3 beguinages:
1. Small Beguinage: Lange Violettestraat 209, 9000 Ghent (Unesco WHS)
2. Former St.-Elisabeth Beguinage: Begijnhofdries, 9000 Ghent
3. Large Beguinage: E. Van Arenbergstraat, 9040 Ghent-Sint-Amandsberg (Unesco WHS)
Updated Jun 23, 2007
When exploring in Gent make sure you pause often to look up at the details of the various buildings. The carvings often show the past use of the building in trade or commerce. My first photo shows one of these images on an old building on the Korenlei. The second picture is of a lovely old red brick building nearby, dating back to 1669.
Updated Feb 25, 2007
We spotted this beautifully painted cow in the Hoefslaag, a little turning off Langemunt (one of the main shopping streets in Gent). I don't know what she was doing there but she reminded me of the ones that were to be found around London a few years back, decorated by a number of well-known artists and later auctioned for charity, so maybe she's part of a similar project in Belgium. Perhaps someone reading this will know and be able to tell me.
Whatever the reason for her presence we enjoyed the splash of colour and humour she brought to our day.
Updated Feb 25, 2007
Groot Huis is the public theater and is located at Sint-Baafsplein 17 in Ghent. This is exactly the kind of place you miss if you don't walk to different parts of the city. Of course, I was only down here to find a great pub I'd read about. Not only was the food and beer great, I saw a something I'd have missed otherwise.
Updated Feb 4, 2007
Gent is filled with little surprises, take your time strolling the streets and make sure to look up to see all the delightful architectural touches on some of the buildings, peacock windows, ships carved in the stone, jesters dancing in the sky, a lion waiting to spring on its prey.....
Updated Oct 5, 2006
Gent's stadhuis (town hall) has two very distinct architectural styles, the side facing Hoogpoort is ornately decorated in a gothic style where the side facing the Botermarkt that you can see looking down from the Belfry is plain decor in the Renaissance style. The cause is most likely an interruption in it's construction, first in 1540 when Charles V punished Gent for not paying enough taxes. Construction started again in 1572, halted again in the early 1600s and finally finished in the 18th century.
On of my guide books says that you can visit on a guided tour May-Oct, Mon-Thurs at 3 pm but check at the Tourist Office for current tour information.
Located at Botermarkt/Hoogpoort
Written Oct 3, 2006
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