40 Sights in Ghent, Belgium (with Map and Images)
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1. Het PandBook Free Tour*
Het Pand is a former Dominican monastery in the Belgian city of Ghent. Since 1963, Het Pand has been owned by Ghent University, which has housed a cultural centre and several scientific museums in the building. The entire building is recognized as a monument.
2. Sint-MichielsbrugBook Free Tour*
The Sint-Michielsbrug is a stone arch bridge in the center of the Belgian city of Ghent. The bridge is located over the Leie, on the south side of the Graslei and the Korenlei. The current monumental bridge was built in the period 1905-1909, after the erection of the post office building. Both the Sint-Michielsbrug and the Oud Postgebouw are creations of architect Louis Cloquet.
3. GravensteenBook Free Tour*
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.
4. BelfortBook Free Tour*
The Belfry of Ghent is one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city centre of Ghent, Belgium; the other two belonging to Saint Bavo Cathedral and Saint Nicholas' Church. Its height of 91 metres (299 ft) makes it the tallest belfry in Belgium. The belfry of Ghent, together with its attached buildings, belongs to the set of Belfries of Belgium and France, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Sint-Coletakerk is a church in the Belgian city of Ghent. The church is located in the south of the city center, between the Hill Gate and the railway. It is a neo-Gothic church with three naves and five bays, attributed to Auguste Van Assche or one of his followers. The crossing tower was built in 1911, to a design by Gerard De Meyer. The church stands between the other buildings and only opens with the façade on the street side. In its 124 years of existence, this church has only had two organists who have each played the organ for a lifetime. The last of the two was Edgard Guns who has been a singer-organist for over 70 years.
The pontoon is a concrete arch bridge that connects the village center with the city and residential areas in the east of the capital, divided into three parts and also a proxy sub-community. Pontoons on one arm of the river are the only roads leading to these areas because they are located on islands between the two arms and the roundabout. The slate here is basically a northern branch, flowing from three slate along the monastery and municipal square to cowhide and sawdust. This winch arm is not suitable for sea transportation. The connection to the roundabout is very low.
The Westerbegraafplaats is a large cemetery in the Belgian city of Ghent. The cemetery is located in the northwest of the city center on the territory of the borough of Mariakerke, at the address Palinghuizen 143, between the Bloemekenswijk and Kolegem. Like Campo Santo, it is characterized by the presence of monumental tombs, dedicated to the rich bourgeoisie of Ghent and a garden architecture that makes it a landmark. The cemetery with its entrance drive, gatehouse, wall and graves was protected as a monument in 1996, as were two war memorials in the cemetery.
Wikipedia: Westerbegraafplaats (Gent) (NL), Heritage Website
8. Hogeschool Gent: Koninklijk Conservatorium
HOGENT is one of the 17 Flemish universities of applied sciences. It was created in 1995 during the reform of higher education in Flanders from a merger of thirteen educational institutions. The branches of the university college are spread out in Ghent, Aalst, Melle, Lokeren and Bottelare: Campus Aalst Campus Bijloke Campus Grote Sikkel Campus Ledeganck Campus Lokeren Campus Melle Campus Mercator Campus Schoonmeersen Campus Vesalius Bottelare Experimental Farm Site Geraard de Duivelstraat Site Buchtenstraat (FTI-Lab) Sports hall
9. Plantentuin UGent
Botanic Garden Ghent University is the botanical garden or hortus botanicus of Ghent University and is located next to the Ledeganck complex, on the edge of the Citadel Park in Ghent. The botanic garden is a member of the Botanical Gardens and Arboreta Association and affiliated with Botanic Gardens Conservation International, a non-profit organization that unites botanical gardens in a worldwide collaborative network to achieve the conservation of plant biodiversity.
Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen is a nature reserve on the outskirts of the Belgian city of Ghent. It lies mainly in the district of Mariakerke and covers 230 hectares. It mostly consists of wet, often flooded, meadows interspersed with ditches and canals, and is an important wintering area for water birds. It acts as a buffer zone between the city and the R4 ring road's noise-reducing barriers have been erected to lessen the road's impact on the wildlife.
11. Kapel Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Lourdes
The Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-van-Lourdes chapel, is a brick chapel in neo-Gothic style located at the junction of the Amand Casier de ter Bekenlaan (Mariakerke) and the Beekstraat (Drongen). The chapel is built with two bays under a gable roof with slates. The side facades have two pointed arch windows and in the rear façade is an eight-lobed oculus with a stained glass image in honor of the Sacred Heart. On top of the façade is a metal cross.
Wikipedia: Kapel_Onze-Lieve-Vrouw_van_Lourdes_(Drongen) (NL), Heritage Website
12. Academie De Kunstbrug
The Academy de Kunstbrug Gent, formerly Muziekacademie Emiel Hullebroeck is a music academy in the Braem castle in Gentbrugge, formerly named after the Flemish composer Emiel Hullebroeck with Michael De Weert as director. The academy has seven departments at different locations in Ghent. The main school is located in the former town hall of Gentbrugge, converted into a music academy with 3 parts: music, word and dance.
13. Design Museum Gent
Design Museum Gent is a museum in Ghent with an extensive collection of Belgian and international design. The collection includes designs from the art nouveau of Henry Van de Velde to contemporary avant-garde design. The museum complex, located in the tourist heart of the city of Ghent, consists of an 18th-century mansion and a modern wing. It is one of the twenty most visited museums in Belgium.
The Maaltebrugge castle, located in the Maaltebruggepark on the outskirts of Ghent, probably dates from 1754 and was called Château Maaltebrugge in the early 19th century. It was the country retreat for the de Hemptinne family in the summer months. The castle itself is built in classicist style, but the adjacent Maaltebrugge castle chapel is neo-Gothic.
The Holy Christmas Church or Saint Salvator Church is a church in the Belgian city of Ghent. The church is located in the north of the medieval city center. The church was protected as a monument in 1943. In the Ghent dialect one speaks of Seleskest, and that name is also used for the parish or the neighborhood around the church.
The Peperbus is a remnant of the former city walls of the Flemish city of Ghent. The small, monumental watchtower is of the type bay window tower or arkel and is located on the Isabellakaai, on the banks of the Muinkschelde. The pepperbus owes its nickname to its typical shape and has been a protected monument since 1987.
The Sint-Lievenkerk is a church building in Ledeberg, a part of the Belgian city of Ghent. This parish church, the construction of which was planned around 1865, replaced the now disappeared Sint-Lievenskerk from 1791, on the Hundelgemsesteenweg opposite the Jozef Vervaenestraat. The church is dedicated to Saint Livinus.
Wikipedia: Sint-Lievenkerk (Ledeberg) (NL), Heritage Website
18. Rommelaere Instituut
The Rommelaere Institute is a neo-Gothic building of Ghent University and housed the Institute for Hygiene, for Bacteriology and for Forensic Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine. The Medical Biotechnology Center of the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology VIB had also moved into the site until it moved to Zwijnaarde.
Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station, officially Gent-Sint-Pieters, is the main railway station in Ghent, East Flanders, Belgium, and the fourth-busiest in Belgium and busiest in Flanders, with 17.65 million passengers a year. The station is operated by the National Railway Company of Belgium (NMBS/SNCB).
Wikipedia: Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station (EN), Heritage Website
20. Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde
The Royal Flemish Academy for Dutch Language and Literature is an institution focused on the study and promotion of the Dutch language in Flanders. It is the Dutch-speaking counterpart of the Académie royale de langue et de littérature françaises de Belgique and one of Belgium's numerous academies.
Wikipedia: Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature (EN), Heritage Website
21. Begijnhofkerk Sint-Elisabeth
The Begijnhofkerk Sint-Elisabeth is a church building in the Ghent borough of Sint-Amandsberg. It was the beguinage church of the Great Beguinage Sint-Amandsberg that was created in the last quarter of the 19th century. The church is dedicated to Saint Elizabeth, Saint Michael and the Holy Angels.
Wikipedia: Begijnhofkerk Heilige Elisabeth van Hongarije, Heilige Michael en Heilige Engelen (NL), Heritage Website
The Wolweverskapel is a former chapel that was part of a complex with a house of worship that was founded by the guild of wool weavers. It is located in the Belgian city of Ghent on the Kortedagsteeg. The chapel and an outbuilding against the west façade is all that remains of this complex.
The Rabot is a well-known monument in Ghent and also the name of the district where this monument is located. On the site of the building there used to be a rabot in the canal de Lieve. Over the years, the name has been transferred to the towers that were supposed to defend this rabot.
24. Kasteel Borluut
Borluut Castle is a castle in the Belgian village of Sint-Denijs-Westrem, a borough of Ghent. The castle is located in the Kleine Gentstraat, near the village center. Since 1997, the castle, together with the park and outbuildings and the castle drive, has been a protected monument.
25. Saint Bavo Cathedral
Saint Bavo's Cathedral, also known as Sint-Baafs Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Catholic Church in Ghent, Belgium. The 89-meter-tall Gothic building is the seat of the Diocese of Ghent and is named for Saint Bavo of Ghent. It contains the well-known Ghent Altarpiece.
Wikipedia: St Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent (EN), Heritage Website
26. Aula UGent
The Aula Academica of Ghent University is a university auditorium from 1826 on the Voldersstraat in the Belgian city of Ghent. The building has played an important role in both the history of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, Belgium and the Flemish Movement.
27. Opera Vlaanderen
The Royal Opera of Ghent was the more than 100-year-old independent Ghent city opera until its merger in 1981 with the Royal Flemish Opera in Antwerp. Both city operas merged into the organization Opera for Flanders, renamed Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in 2014.
Wikipedia: Koninklijke Opera (Gent) (NL), Website, Heritage Website
The Minard Theatre is a theatre in Ghent, Belgium. The Minardschouwburg is located on the Walpoortstraat in the Walloon Krook. It was built in 1847 by the Belgian architect Louis Minard, in response to the French-speaking theatre and opera in Ghent.
29. Kerk Paters Karmelieten
The Monastery Church of the Carmelite Fathers, also called the Monastery Church of the Discalced Carmelites, is a church building in the Belgian city of Ghent. The church was built by the discalced Carmelites who settled in the city from 1651.
Wikipedia: Kloosterkerk van de Ongeschoeide Karmelieten (Gent) (NL), Heritage Website
30. Begijnhof Ter Hoye
The small beguinage O. L. V. Ter Hooyen is situated in southern area of Ghent. This beguinage was built on the ‘Groene Hooie’, between the ‘Hooipoort’ and the ‘Vijfwindgatenpoort’. That is how this little beguinage got its name.
31. Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Sint-Pieterskerk
The Church of Our Lady was a church near St. Peter's Abbey in the Belgian city of Ghent. It was demolished in 1799 during the French occupation and not rebuilt, as were the cathedrals of Bruges and Liège and St. Michael's Abbey in Antwerp.
Wikipedia: Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Gent) (NL), Heritage Website
32. Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Hoyekerk
Our Wife in hoyekerk, also known as Our Wife Showcase Church, is a church building in the Belgian city. She's part of the little hedgehog. The name of the Rhine River and Church is the pasture called "Green hoye" in the early Middle Ages.
Wikipedia: Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Hoyekerk (NL), Heritage Website
33. De Vooruit
Vooruit is a historic complex in Ghent, Belgium. Vooruit was originally the festival and art center of the Ghent-based labor movement, with a ballroom, cinema, theater, etc. It is now mainly used for concerts and other cultural events.
The Sint-Pietersbuitenkerk is a church in the Sint-Pietersaalststraat in the Belgian city of Ghent. The parish church is located in the Sint-Pieters-Aalst district, south and outside the historic city center, in the Miljoenenkwartier.
The Campo Santo of Ghent, Belgium, is a famous Roman Catholic public burial ground in Sint-Amandsberg. The Campo Santo has been declared a historical monument by the government. This cemetery is located in the district of Dampoort.
36. Bisschoppelijk Paleis
The Episcopal Palace of Ghent is the administrative seat of the diocese of Ghent and the residence of the bishop. The current building is located on the Bisdomplein in the East Flemish capital Ghent. It is protected as a monument.
Wikipedia: Bisschoppelijk Paleis van Gent (NL), Heritage Website
Bubble Lake is a 100-hectare leisure area in Belgian cities. It follows roundabout, slate and water sports trails. It is a green area surrounded by a central lake with beaches, a walkable hill, towers and sports infrastructure.
38. Oostakker Basilica
The Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes is a Roman Catholic church at Oostakker, near Ghent in Belgium. Built in neogothic style at the end of the XIXe century it is the most important centre of Marian pilgrimage in Flanders.
The Sint-Martinuskerk is a church in the Belgian city of Ghent. The church is located in the Ekkergem district and is one of the oldest parish churches in Ghent. She is first mentioned in a charter of Lothair from 971.
40. Rijschool voor de ruiterij van de Krijgsbezetting
The Arena Van Vletingen is a building in the Belgian city of Ghent, built between 1851 and 1853. The former roadway now serves as a hall for rhythmic gymnastics. It was designed by architect Lodewijk Roelandt.
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