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Ghent-Somewhere between Heaven & Earth

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A September 2002 trip to Ghent by Linda Kaye

Boat Ride on the River Photo, Ghent, Belgium More Photos
Quote: Two medieval castles, nineteen museums, five abbeys, dozens of churches and countless historic buildings can keep a tourist busy for days-no other Belgian city has as many preserved monuments. Ghent is a warm and gracious city with an equal measure of art, history, culture and romance.

Ghent-Somewhere between Heaven & Earth

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Overview

Guild Houses along the Graslei and the Korenlei Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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Ghent is the fourth largest city in Belgium and the capital of Flanders, the Dutch Region of the country. It is an important harbor with a canal connecting it to the sea and also a network of waterways connecting it to the "hinterland". It is known as the Flower City of Belgium, raising and shipping Begonias and Azaleas all over the world. It is at St. Bavo’s Cathedral that you can find the most precious art treasure of Flanders. The Altarpiece known as The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by Jan Van Eyck is said to be the most significant art masterpiece of 15th century Flemish art. Ghent is a photographer’s paradise including the picturesque Row of Tower...Read More

Monasterium PoortAckere

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Hotel | "Monasterium PoortAchere"

Monasterium PoortAckere Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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A little corner of Paradise on Earth, where dining is divine and a night’s rest heavenly. Yes, you guessed it; this is a medieval cloister, a nunnery with history dating back to 1278. You won’t find an imposing entrance or ostentatious furnishings, but a peaceful atmosphere and a warm welcome. We are always looking for unique accommodations to replace the conventional hotel and although we could not spend the night here, we couldn’t resist learning more about the PoortAchere and simply asked if we could "have a look". We were invited to walk around the grounds, through the downstairs dining and meeting area and were given a key to one of the empty rooms. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 19, 2002

Monasterium PoortAckere
Oude Houtlei 56
Ghent, Belgium 9000
32 (09) 269 22 10

Chez Leontine Restaurant

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Restaurant

Chez Leontine Restaurant Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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It was about 5:00 p.m. and having just completed a rather hectic day of sightseeing, we bid our guide goodbye. And wanting to avoid the traffic back to Brussels, we decided to find a quiet restaurant and have dinner. Although the sun was low in the sky, the early evening was warm. Excited from a full day of sightseeing activities, we were ready to sit, relax and reflect on the day. As we walked back to the banks of the River Leie, just around the corner from the Castle of the Counts, we found the Chez Loentine Restaurant. The wonderful fragrance waffling over the umbrellas that were covering the tables tightly packed into the terrace drew us in. The first thing I recognized on th...Read More

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Chez Leontine Restaurant
Groentenmarkt # 10-11
Ghent, Belgium
09 225 92 56

Pakhuis Restaurant

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Restaurant

Pakhuis Restaurant Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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The Pakhuis Restaurant’s slogan is One Place-Many Worlds. As we walked through the doors of what appeared to be a historic building in the heart of the old Ghent, we were pleasantly surprised to see the modern and innovative interior design blending well with the historical theme. This massive restaurant has a seating capacity for 200. Originally a warehouse, it has been transformed into a beautiful multi-level facility that includes a tearoom and bar. It is elegantly furnished and is full of natural light and live plants. The Pakhuis offers several "menu" selections that include appetizer or salad, main course and dessert ranging in price from 21 to 27 Euro and a...Read More

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Pakhuis Restaurant
Schuurkenstratt 4
Ghent, Belgium
09 223 55 55

Ghent History Tour

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Attraction | "History Tour of Ghent"

Ghent History Tour Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts) has been described as a "grim and muscular fortress". It was built in 1180 by Philip of Alsace, Count of Flanders, upon his return from the Crusades and was influenced by castles he had seen. After the 14th century it was no longer needed as a military stronghold and was used as a jail, law court and later a cotton mill. It was restored between 1894 and 1913 and is now a museum and tourist attraction. As we stood at ground level and looked up at this massive structure, it was not hard to imagine how this medieval castle represented a much harsher time, and today, in the middle of a bustling modern world, still boggles the mind. This is a great p...Read More

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Ghent History Tour

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Saint Bavo Cathedral, Sint-Baafskathedraal

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Attraction | "St. Bavo's Cathedral"

Saint Bavo Cathedral, Sint-Baafskathedraal Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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St. Bavo’s Cathedral has been entrusted with many treasures including the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb and a painting by Pieter Paul Rubens. Mass services are no longer held in the main church but in the underground chamber just beyond the ancient crypts. These areas are not open for sightseeing. The Cathedral was named for a beloved saint from Ghent, St. Bavo, who lived in the 7th Century. There is a small fee (under 3 Euro) to view the original Adoration of the Mystic Lamb and it would be a shame to visit Ghent and NOT see it. But, before you do, I highly recommend that you spend a few minutes learning a little more about it. A replica has been created and is located on ...Read More

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Saint Bavo Cathedral, Sint-Baafskathedraal
Sint-baafsplein (st. Bavo's Square)
Ghent, Belgium

Friday Market Square (Vrijdagmarkt Square)

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Attraction | "Ghent Friday Market"

Friday Market Square (Vrijdagmarkt Square) Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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To our delight and surprise upon arriving in Ghent early on a Friday morning, we were greeted by a large outdoor market. We had followed the map and signs to the city’s underground public parking lot and there it was - literally above the parking area in a large square. In the center of the Square overlooking the bustling market stands a large statue of Jacob Van Artevelde (1295-1345), Brewer of Ghent, Statesman and political leader during the One Hundred Years War between France and England. Van Artevelde was a man of many talents and skills. In 1338 he negotiated a commercial treaty with England and obtained recognition for Flemish neutrality. In 1340, he convinced his peers in the re...Read More

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Friday Market Square (Vrijdagmarkt Square)
City Center
Ghent, Belgium