on September 20, 2000
This castle is basically at ground level and seems to pop up as you turn the corner. It looks a bit out of place among all the shops & houses that have been built around it. It's not a pretty castle but is made of huge, grey stone with walls up to 6 feet thick. It was built in the late 12th century by the Count of Flanders and he modelled it after crusader castles that he saw in Syria during his time at the Crusades. There is a small museum inside that contains some devices from the torture chamber and explains how he kept the long ago inhabitants of Ghent in line.
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