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Category: Ghent

The Sick Children of Alijn’s Hofje

It seems that in Dutch, there are dozens of words that can be used to describe a house that takes…

Where Angels Wear Gas Masks and Monks Make Beer

The monks of the Augustijnen Monastery in Ghent (Sint Stefanus) are poly-skilled; along with the religious portion of their job,…

Some yummy food… and then back to Paris!

The food in Beligum is amazing; but, the thing that really stands out is the culture and mindset that sits…

Sint-Niklaaskerk

Built between 1220-1250, Saint Nicolas was built in honour of the patron saint of sailors, merchants, and children. Funding for…

Heaven and Hell

In Patershol, an area in Ghent known for it’s tiny streets, old buildings, and great restaurants, you’ll find two buildings…

The Belfort of Ghent

There are two buildings that make up the Belfort. Firstly, there is the old Belfry Tower. Construction started on this…

Gravensteen Castle

We’d only been in Ghent for half and hour, with no knowledge of what to see or do, when we…

Geeraard de Duivel Steen

Between St. Bavo Cathedral and the Bisdomkaai is the Geeraard de Duivelsteen, known in English as the house/castle of Gerald…

The Lamb of God

Call it what you want: the Lamb of God, the Ghent Altarpiece, Het Lam Gods, or the Adoration of the…

Saint Bavo Cathedral (Sint Baafskathedraal)

Researching the history of Saint Bavo Cathedral is like peeling an onion that becomes more complex, detailed, and varied as…

The River Leie

We partook in a boat tour on our last day, which in hindsight would have been better suited for the…

Ghent, Graslei, and Korenlei

Ghent is a lot of things: a university city, a port, a World War I/II survivor, a popular festival destination,…

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