on March 22, 2001
This is one of my favorite places that I visited while in Ghent. It is well worth the time to explore and the $5.00 entry fee. The castle itself was built in the 12th century by Philip of Alsace, the Count of Flanders, as a defensive measure. But it was not always used for defense; throughout the centuries the castle has been a mint, a courthouse, a prison and a cotton mill. The castle has been restored (actually, restoration projects are continuing). You can have a wonderful view of Ghent from the top - I was able to take some great photos of the city. There is also a museum with instruments of torture housed in what was once the nobles' bedchamber. Some of the written descriptions (in English) of how the various instruments were used are quite graphic; be prepared to wince and cringe. And don't forget to have your picture taken next to the Guillotine!
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