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  • 1 Ruines de l'abbaye St-Bavon

    Religious buildings

    Gandastraat 7 B - 9000 Gent

    The abbey founded in the 7C, then rebuilt in the 10C, was turned into a citadel called the "Spaniards' Castle". by Emperor Charles V. It was demolished in the 19C and the only abbey remains are one Gothic cloister gallery, the Romanesque la..

  • 2 Boekentoren

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rozier 9 B - 9000 Gent

    Ghent University's central library (1933-1940) lies in a bustling city district. It was designed by Henry Van de Velde, founder of the Weimar Kunstgewerbeschule and forerunner of the Bauhaus movement. The 64m-high tower has 26 storeys including a fin..

  • 3 Kunstencentrum Vooruit

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    St-Pietersnieuwstraat 23 B - 9000 Gent

    This former Socialist "Festival Hall" was built by F. Dierkens between 1911 and 1914. It now houses several auditoriums for theatre, dance or concert productions. Note the superb Art nouveau façade.

  • 4 Groot Begijnhof St-Elisabeth

    Religious buildings

    St-Elisabethplein B - 9000 Gent

    The Great Beguine Convent, founded in 1234, was deserted by the nuns in the 19C. Only the picturesque Proveniersterstraat remains near St Elizabeth's and three pretty houses with crow-stepped gables around the church.

  • 5 Rabot

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Begijnhoflaan B - 9000 Gent

    The Liève disappears to flow underground at this former sluice gate (1489), with pointed roofs and crow-stepped gables.

  • 6 Mont St-Amand

    Religious buildings

    Schoolstraat B - 9040 Sint-Amandsberg

    In 1874, this convent succeeded the old St Elizabeth Beguine convent, after which it was named. It is a huge enclosure with the traditional layout of Beguine convents huddled around the neo-Gothic church. A few nuns still live here and a museum gives..

  • 7 Gerard the Devil's Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Limburgstraat B - 9000 Gent

    This austere 13C Medieval house belonged to a Ghent lord nicknamed "Gerard the Devil". It was extensively restored in the 19C and is now home to the Royal Archives. The bronze statues fronting the Steen were erected in 1913 in honour of the..

  • 8 Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sint-Baafsplein B - 9000 Gent

    Opposite this neo-Renaissance building (1897), in the middle of an ornamental pond, stands a memorial to Jan Frans Willems (1793-1846), the "Father of the Flemish Movement".

  • 9 St-Jorishof

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Botermarkt B - 9000 Gent

    This 15C former crossbowmen guild's house was later converted into a coaching inn and is now a hotel-restaurant.

  • 10 The Triumphant

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sint-Baafsplein B - 9000 Gent

    The Triumphant is the bell that replaced the old belfry bell, which bore the motto: "This bell is named Roeland; when it shakes it scatters thunder over the area". It was split in 1914 and taken from the belfry to here.

  • 11 Grain Market

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Korenmarkt B - 9000 Gent

    Korenmarkt is the heart of the Cuve district and a popular meeting place with many restaurants and cafés. In summer, relax at a terrace and enjoy watching the bustle of daily life and shoppers walking by.

  • 12 Quai de la Grue

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    B - 9000 Gent

    This quay has fine old houses, especially the Kite House. Low-reliefs on the house next door depict the Seven Mercies.

  • 13 St-Jacobskerk

    Religious buildings

    Beverhoutplein B - 9000 Gent

    St-Jacobskerk has two Romanesque front towers. One was given a sandstone roof with crockets in the 15C. The square adjoining the church hosts a pleasant flea market on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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