on September 20, 2000
The Belfry was originally built in the 14th century and has a 52 bell carillon. It is directly across from St. Bavo's Cathederal and is one of the few belfrys that has an elevator. Since the upper gallery is 200 feet high, this means you are saved from walking A LOT of stairs. You can only get to the upper gallery as part of a guided tour but the cost is minimal (100BF) and the guide provides lots of interesting commentary on the Belfry & Ghent. A stop part way up allows you to see the workings of the carillon as well as other bells that are not used in the carillon. After a walk up a narrow flight of wooden steps, you reach the top part of the Belfry with great views of Ghent - make sure to bring your camera.
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