Every time a new city arrives, it is almost always at night. The city of Ghent gave me a different feeling from Antwerp, probably because there are many canals here. Unlike the atmosphere of Antwerp, it is more like a small town in a water town. A friend of the same group said that if you have been to Bruges, you may not feel that Gent is good. Because I haven't been to Bruges, I can't compare them, but I feel that Ghent is also good from the bottom of my heart. It is the tone I like.
Ghent is the capital of Belgium's East Flanders province. It has an excellent harbor and is a must-see for entering Brussels. The former Ghent was a prosperous city with a very developed business. But nowadays it is more famous here is the famous university Ghent University. There are many intellectuals living in the city.
This 13th-century castle was originally used for defensive use until the 19th century was bought by the Italian Duke as a private residence. However, the Duke died two years after his marriage, and the owner of the castle became the wife of the Duke. She stays here for three weeks a year and goes hunting in the nearby forest. Because the hostess studied history when she was at school, she was very interested in the history of the Middle Ages and collected a lot of works of art. In addition to some of the works exhibited in the castle, she donated a lot to the Louvre. In 1923, the hostess died, and because she had no children, she donated the castle to the Belgian government. Since 1924, it has been transformed into a museum, which is open to the public from April to November every year.
I visited, of course, Brussels and Bruges in Belgium. But I wanted to see a less touristy city, so I spent a weekend in Ghent. This city is small but so cute. The architecture is Flemish, and it's like Amsterdam. I visited the things to see like the St. Nicholas Church, or the belfry. I also took the opportunity to admire the street art because Ghent is very famous for it. There are even bike tours that are offered.
I visited the castle of the Counts, and I advise you to take the audio guide because the comments are very original.
Otherwise, Ghent is also the most vegan city in Europe, so if you are vegan, you will find what you are looking for. #awesomepic #unforgettableexperiences #couplestrip #scenicspotguide #travelinspiration #instagramworthydestinations #romance
Last year when we visited Ghent, Belgium. This is the Saint Bavo’s Cathedral or the Sint-Baafskathedraal. The architectural design of this gothic church is just majestic. It is one of the oldest church in the city so I definitely had to check it out.
Felt like a model when I walked across Werregarenstraatje 🤣. It is like a public canvas for young street artists here in Ghent. Officially it is not permitted to do pieces here, but the authorities turn a blind eye.
The earliest known place in Ghent was the first time I knew the word "Ghent altarpiece" when I sorted out the Louvre paintings of the Louvre paintings. Van Eyck's "The Madonna of Prime Minister Lorraine".
From Bruges to Ghent, about an hour or so. Bruges is the capital of the province of West Flanders, and Ghent, 50 kilometers away, is the capital of the province of East Flanders. Today's Ghent is nothing more than a medieval town, but in the 11th-13th centuries, it is the bustling metropolis of Europe after Paris. Everyone knows the British-French Centennial War. In fact, one of the main reasons for the war is to compete for the wool textile industry in the Flanders region.
Ghent evolved from the first two monasteries to the earliest commercial city in northern Europe, and the contributor's contribution was indispensable. Formulating laws, signing contracts, accounting for trade, and collecting taxes all require the participation of monks to complete, after all, only monks have been educated in the Middle Ages.
So you can see three adjacent Catholic churches in the city centre of Ghent, which is extremely rare in European cities.
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The Ghent Art Museum, which opened in 1905, has more than 10,000 collections and 500 exhibits for a long time. In addition to the works of Belgium, there are also works in several other European countries, especially the works of the medieval Flemish region. For this museum, there are 1-2 hours of sightseeing time.
The tapestry of the 18th century, the role of the time was to hang in the castle for warmth and decoration. The
19th century exhibition hall is very dense, mainly based on natural scenery and portraits. The characters in the portraits are usually the buyers who buy the paintings themselves.
There are also many 19th century modern sculptures in the exhibition hall, such as the work of sculpture master Rodin.
Ghent, Belgium, was once the most prosperous city in Europe except Paris. Traveling through the buildings of Ghent that are full of history, it seems to cross back to its glorious years. Even in the gloomy winter, you can see the turmoil in the city from the smog.
Built in the 16th century St. Baron's Church, the world-class painting "Mysterious Sacrifice Lamb" is collected (Fig. 7, photo, original painting cannot be photographed). The significance of this painting in the history of art is as relished as the fate of its displacement. In 1420, the Flemish nobles and the Vaders commissioned the painter Van Eyck to create the painting, but the painter died unfortunately at the end of his creation, and his brother continued to complete it, which took a total of twelve years. After several wars and thefts, the painting changed hands and went to different countries in Europe, eventually returning to St. Baron's Church. However, a small amount in the lower left corner was stolen and it is still unknown. The upper part of the
church display is the original and the lower part is being repaired in the Ghent Art Gallery. The Ghent Art Gallery houses a collection of Flemish painters, including paintings, sculptures and contemporary and contemporary works.
Bus ride to the city of Ghent. Was having difficulties understanding the routes and schedules, good thing my co-commuters were such live savers. I didn’t have to consult google to figure things out. 😂