Ghent, Belgium

Archaeological evidence shows human presence in the region of the confluence of Scheldt and Leie going back as far as the Stone Age and the Iron Age. Around 650, Saint Amand founded two abbeys in Ghent: St. Peter’s (Blandinium) and St Bavo’s Abbey. The city grew from several nuclei, the abbeys and a commercial centre. Within the protection of the County of Flanders, the city flourished from the 11th century, growing to become a small city-state. By the 13th century, Ghent was the biggest city in Europe north of the Alps after Paris. The belfry and the towers of the Saint Bavo Cathedral and Saint Nicholas’ Church are just a few examples of the skyline of the period.

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Belfry Tower
Belfry Tower and the Spring of the Bereaved sculpture
Cloth Hall and Belfry Tower

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House in Ghent’s city centre
Belfry Tower
Ghent’s City Theater

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St Nicholas Church

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The Guildhall of the Free Boatmen, Graslei
Golden Dragon, Belfry
Mammelokker Statue, Cloth Hall
Statue on the Belfry
Lion statue, Veerleplein
Van Eyck Brothers Statue, St Bavo Cathedral

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Gravensteen, the Castle of the Counts

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Houses of the St Elisabeth Beguinage and tower of the St Elizabeth Church
Statue of a young girl
Houses of the St Elisabeth beguinage in the Holy Corner


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