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Charming Ghent

Posted on: March 27, 2013 by Nataliya Volosovych | No Comments

During cold and snowy March, I visited Ghent for the second time in my life. This city has so much charm that I know I will be coming here again and again. There is so much to see and enjoy that even 3 days were not enough.
Now a little bit of history to introduce it to my readers. Ghent is Flanders’ medieval city that stands on 2 rivers and is located between more known Brussels, Bruges, and Antwerp. For me it was a total surprise city couple of years ago when I came here for the first time. It is less touristy and thus less crowded.
This city was the largest after Paris in medieval times.  In terms of driving forces that made this city so important in mid-14thcentury, it was cloth production and import of wool from England. They produced exquisite pieces for royalties that would come to shop from all over Europe.
Inhabitants of Ghent are well known for their strong will and protection of their civil liberties. Today Ghent is housing the biggest in Flanders’ university.   
View of Graslei and Korenlei – long time ago these quays served as city’s major port and trade center for grain. 

The Little Toll House – you need to know where to look in order not to miss it. Squeezed between the Tweede Korenmetershuis and the storehouse, this building is the narrowest on the Graslei. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was used as a place to collect taxes on grain.   
The Belfry is the city’s proudest symbol of independence. The dragon on the top of the tower is the symbolic guardian of the city privileges.  

Truly a hall in the wall place 🙂

The Ghent Stadshal – very controversial modern building in the heart of the city. 
Just couple of flower stands on the Sunday flower market due to cold and snow. 

 Town Hall – Gothic part of it.

Werregarenstraat – while graffiti is prohibited in Ghent, the city gave this street to the artists. This scene is changing every week. 

Vrijdagmarkt and its surroundings.

Meat market with Ghent’s exquisite Ganda ham. 

 Castle of the Counts is right in the middle of the city.

 Gates to the fish market.

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