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The city of Ghent is located in Belgium, and it is the capital of the East Flounder province. The population of the city is approximately 235,000 residents. Ghent is surrounded by flower fields, thanks to which the city has received the epithet "the city of flowers". This city is distinguished by rich cultural past. This can by clearly seen in the central part of Ghent, where tourists will find a number of interesting historical sights. The most important places of interest are described below.
The charming ibis Gent Centrum Opera has been very popular with guests of Ghent for many years. It is regularly chosen by active youth and mature people as a place for their vacation. ibis … Open
Visitors are recommended to start exploring the city with a boat ride on its canals! During such an excursion you will cross the historic center of the city and pass numerous beautiful and old houses. All the boats start their ride from the center, namely from Graslin, Korenlei, and Graanlei quays. It is also possible to choose different directions of excursions. The shortest excursion in Ghent canals lasts 40 minutes, and the longest one will take half an hour.
Graslin.
This is one of the most beautiful waterfronts in Ghent, located in the old medieval port. Along the waterfront tourists will see beautiful homes of guilds of the XVI and XVII centuries. Graslin today is above all a place of meetings. When the weather is good, everyone wants to be closer to water. People sit in cafes with open terraces or find a free place directly on the coast and sit there, enjoying the wine they brought with them. Korenlei is located on the other side of the canal , it is not less beautiful than Graslin. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The inimitable atmosphere of romance remains the main peculiarity of Guesthouse Verhaegen. This hotel is open in a beautiful 18th-century mansion and offers elegant rooms made in a unique … Open
The City Museum of Contemporary Art S.M.A.K. is located in a beautiful modern building. It exhibits works of art of different directions from 1945 to the present day - cobra, pop art and minimalism. In the museum you will see works of such famous artists as Joseph Bays and David Hammons. S.M.A.K. is located opposite to the Museum of Fine Arts in Citadelpark, near the city’s circle.
Friday Market.
This is a large area in the center of the city. Once, the market was the center of not only political, but also social life of the city. This was the place where rulers talked to ordinary people and various official ceremonies took place. The square often became the witness of the bloody fights between guilds. Around the square you will see beautiful houses of guilds. The center of the square is the location of a monument dedicated to Artefelde Jacob (1290-1345), which is an important historical figure in Ghent.
Ghent is endowed with original shops that will interest even sophisticated shopaholics. In search of original things and ornaments, one should go to the traditional Friday Market, located on … Open
Gravensteen.
This is a medieval castle, located right in the center of the city. The defensive system of the castle has fully retained its original appearance. The castle’s gate, walls and stables also deserve attention of curious travellers. Gravensteen , the history of which is more than 800 years, was place from which the rulers commanded Flanders. The castle is the location of the Museum of Torture that exhibits various tools used for torturing. Gravensteen Castle is one of the main attractions of Ghent.
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Along the banks of the canal Meat House these days is a center, the main aim of which is promotion of East Flemish products. This is the place where visitors can buy local food and delicacies. "Meat House" is located in Gruntenmarkt in an old, completely renovated building near water. The house was built between 1407 and 1419 years, and its total square is only 900 square meters. At night, the building is lit nicely.
Discovering the architecture of Gent from bird's eye view! Het Belfort van Gent, Museum of Fine Arts, Station Gent-Sint-Pieters, Gent Post Office Building, St. James Church, all those monuments are defining the image of Gent … Open
Church of St. Nicholas
was built in the XIII century in the early Gothic style. The Lantern tower of the building is a place of a particular interest. Thanks to it, the church is lit by a special, absolutely unique light. The church is in the process of restoration since 1960, but, despite this fact, solemn messes and other prayers take place inside its walls. The church is also open for visitors. The Cathedral of Saint Bavo, Belford Bell Tower, and the church of St. Nicholas form the famous Ghent row of towers.
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Graslei by night Belfort Bell Tower is the central tower in the row of famous towers of Ghent. Most of the bell tower was built in the XIV century. Since 1999, UNESCO has added Belfort to the list of places of the world heritage.
Saint Nicholas Church, Gravensteen, St. Peter Church, St. Anne Church, as well as many others, they all become the world's cultural heritage objects and remain as iconic monuments for Gent … Open
Saint Bavo Cathedral belongs to the Bishopric of Ghent. The ancient cathedral is the result of mixing various architectural styles, including Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque. The cathedral is the location of a masterpiece by Jan van Eyck "Adoration of the Lamb". This oil painting is considered the top of the Flemish art of the XV century.
Gent by night The Museum of Design exhibits both antique and modern furniture. The museum is located in a historic building of the XVIII century with a modern adjustment. The majority of the museum’s collection is represented by furniture of the XVII and XVIII centuries. The museum also has a good exhibition of the art nouveau items and works of modern designers.


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There are many interesting sports and entertainment centers in Ghent, which will be exciting to visit for a whole family. Travelers with small children are recommended to head to beautiful … Open
The Museum of Fine Arts.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent is one of the oldest museums in Belgium. It was founded in the late XVIII century by the French in order to accommodate the works of art from destroyed churches. The museum houses a rich collection of paintings and sculptures starting from the Middle Ages and to the first half of the XX century. Above all, the museum exhibits the works by artists from the Southern Netherlands and Flanders. In this museum visitors will be able to see paintings by Jeroen Bosch, Maarten van Heemskerk, Anton van Dyck, Jacob Yordaens, Frans Hals and Gustav van de Woestyne. The museum is located near Citadelpark in a building that is nothing like a classical temple of art. For four years the museum was closed to visitors because of extensive restoration works. In 2007, the grand opening took place. During the restoration the building was restored inside and out, and new facilities, such as a cafe-restaurant, a patio and a library, were added to it.
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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Gent
♥   Shopping area ' Veldstraat' Gent, 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Gent
♥   Castle 'Het Gravensteen' , 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Laarne Castle' , 8.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Ooidonk Castle' , 11.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Leeuwergem Castle' , 19.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Poeke Castle' , 19.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Gent
♥   National Park 'Grenspark de Zoom - Kalmthoutse Heide' , 61.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Oosterschelde' , 64.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Scarpe-Escaut' , 72.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Avesnois' , 103.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'De Biesbosch' , 105.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Gent and around
♥   Art museum 'Museum of Fine Arts' Ghent, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'SONS Museum' Kruishoutem, 23.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Gent from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Moses Bridge

From the series “The Most Unusual and Strange Bridges on Earth”
With due regard for the specific peculiarity of the bridge, the building material was specially selected for this purpose. Accoya wood was preferred, the duration of use of the bridge in the water should be at least 50 years. The unusual bridge built in 2011 was awarded several prestigious architectural prizes and became very popular among tourists. The general area of ​​the bridge is relatively small and forms about 50 square meters. The bridge construction cost about 250,000 euros. … Read further

Water Tower Conversion

From the series “The Most Bizarre and Fancy Living Houses”
The original construction was completely restored, on the ground floor the garage was furnished. For the convenience of the residents the tower was provided with the elevator. The rooms were designed as minimalism. The modern furnishings of the old tower have nothing in common with the old traditions. The elegant colors and the strict forms weigh in the interior furnishing. The original house in the water tower is environmentally friendly and is designed with the natural materials. In addition, the house uses the alternative energy sources, which makes it even more unique. … Read further

Chateau de Belœil

From the series “Impressive Castles and Palaces Located on Water”
The experienced tourists strive to visit the castle at the beginning of corn. For several years it has served as the location of the beautiful flower festival 'Amaryllisfeerie'. In the course of ten days the guests of the castle can enjoy the wonderfully beautiful colors and participate in the exciting cultural events. At the end of August the castle welcomes the followers of classical music. The concerts of the most famous musicians and orchestras take place in the picturesque Schlossgarten. … Read further
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