Ghent is well worth a weekend trip. It’s ideal for a last-minute city trip as well. Quirky Ghent offers a fascinating cultural cocktail brimming with trendy, modern urban life. Ghent is a city where people enjoy life: a chilled-out place where anything goes and a city that feels human. Its friendly, welcoming people love the good life.
Despite being one of Belgium's oldest cities, Ghent remains small enough to feel cosy but big enough to be a vibrant, relevant centre for trade and culture.
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Even though you may be short on time, visiting Ghent is absolutely worth just a quick visit. The town is overflowing with charm and character, so it would be a shame to not take advantage of this incredible Belgian place!
Ghent is most known for its three towers—the Gothic masterpieces of the Church of St. Nicholas, St. Bavo’s Cathedral, and the Belfry. This remarkable trio of buildings is right in a row on Limburgstraat, and you can pass all three in just five minutes, making them perfect destinations for visitors on even the shortest trip.
The vibrant and colorful graffiti street in Ghent is definitely worth visiting. It offers the chance for young artists to showcase their work in a city that welcomes street art and all they need is a spray can! The art work changes as new ones are painted on top, which means that the street will never look the same. #urbanart #urbanexplorer #art #graffiti #belgium
These very expressive angels is part of the well known Ghent Altarpiece ( The Adoration of Mystic Lamb) at the Saint Bavo’s Cathedral. The impressive altarpiece measures 5.2 x 3.75m, and is painted by Hubert and Jan can Eyck in the 15th century. It is considered to be one of the greatest masterpiece in Belgium.
As for the gothic cathedral which stands at 89m tall, it is the seat of the Diocese of Ghent, and took nearly 3 centuries to complete. It is free to visit the cathedral but requires separate ticket to see the altarpiece. #cityexplorer #history #art #belgium #ghent
Getting There - Travel to Ghent, Belgium❄️☃️
Attractions - Christmas Markets 🌨️
Hotels - Try Downtown Ghent 🤍
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Shopping - Explore the Christmas Markets 🎄
#celebratewithtrip by taking a Christmas trip to Ghent in Belgium! 🇧🇪 As one of the less typical European city-break destinations, Ghent and other Belgian cities are the perfect places to visit during the cold, winter months and festive season! With excellent markets and lots to explore, the Christmas markets in Ghent, Belgium are amazing and you can drink mulled wine while listening to Christmas music! Don’t miss a chance to explore Ghent in Belgium this Christmas season! 🎄☃️ #celebratewithtrip #tripblazers #triplocal #belgium #christmaslights #christmastrip
#fallingforfall #tripblazers #urbanexplorer #mytripvlog #awesomepic #bucketlistreboot #belgium Ghent is one of the most important Flemish cities along with Antwerp (just one-hour train trip from Ghent). The city is a perfect spot for fall vacations as its medieval buildings and walls look awesome also during this season. I especially recommend to visit major Ghent churches (including St. Babo Cathedral in the city centre) - their windows incredibly "play" with sun and bright colourfully. Next step of the trip can be also a cruise along the Ghent river as it allows to see the city from different angle. When visit Ghent it's also highly recommended to go to Antwerp and Bruges - two other must sees in the Flanders
The Saint Bavo Cathedral is an 89-meter-tall Catholic, Gothic cathedral in Ghent, Belgium. It is the seat of the diocese of Ghent, is named for Saint Bavo of Ghent, and contains the well-known Ghent Altarpiece. The building is built on the site of the former Chapel of St. John the Baptist, primarily of wooden construction that was consecrated in 942 by Transmarus, Bishop of Tournai and Noyon. Traces of a later Romanesque structure can be found in the cathedral's crypt.Construction of the Gothic church began around 1274. In the subsequent period from the 14th through 16th centuries, nearly continuous expansion projects in the Gothic style were executed on the structure. A new choir, radiating chapels, expansions of the transepts, a chapter house, nave aisles and a single-tower western section were all added. In 1539, as a result of the rebellion against Charles V, who was baptized in the church, the old Abbey of St. Bavo was dissolved. Its abbot and monks went on to become canons in a Chapter that was attached to what then became the Church of Saint Bavo. When the Diocese of Ghent was founded in 1559, the church became its cathedral. Construction was considered complete on June 7, 1569.
The Gravensteen is a medieval castle at Ghent, East Flanders in Belgium. The current castle dates from 1180 and was the residence of the Counts of Flanders until 1353. It was subsequently re-purposed as a court, prison, mint, and even as a cotton factory. It was restored over 1893–1903 and is now a museum and a major landmark in the city. The origins of the Gravensteen date to the reign of Arnulf I (890–965). The site, which sat between two branches of the Lys river, was first fortified around 1000, initially in wood and later in stone. This was soon transformed into a motte-and-bailey castle which burnt down in around 1176. The current castle dates to 1180 and was built by Philip of Alsace (1143–1191) on the site of the older fortification. It may have been inspired by crusader castles witnessed by Philip during the Second Crusade. As well a protective citadel, the Gravensteen was intended to intimidate the burghers of Ghent who often challenged the counts' authority. It incorporates a large central donjon, a residence and various smaller buildings. These are surrounded by a fortified, oval-shaped enceinte lined with 24 small échauguettes. It also has a sizeable moat, fed with water from the Lys.