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  • 1 place Ste-Pharaïlde

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This square, once used for executions, is lined with old houses and the St Lawrence Hospice(façade from 1564). The old Baroque Fish Market has finely-carved high-reliefs depicting Neptune, the River Lys and River Escaut.

  • 2 St. Bavon Abbey

    Religious buildings

    Gandastr. 7

    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..

  • 3 Boekentoren

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rozier 9

    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..

  • 4 Kunstencentrum Vooruit

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    St-Pietersnieuwstraat 23

    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.

  • 5 Groot Begijnhof St-Elisabeth

    Religious buildings

    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.

  • 6 Rabot

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


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

  • 7 Mont St-Amand

    Religious buildings

    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..

  • 8 Gerard the Devil's Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    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..

  • 9 Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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".

  • 10 St-Jorishof

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


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

  • 11 The Triumphant

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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.

  • 12 Ghent's Grain Market

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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.

  • 13 St-Jacobskerk

    Religious buildings


    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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