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Historical place
Location type: Historical place
Location address: Gent
Number of texts: 2
5 stars
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The original owner of the house, Mister Van Hoorebeke, was a goldsmith and the story is that he himself took care of the design of the gable.

The 5 senses are represented on the gable, by a woman.

The winged deer stands for the renovation of life. Also the medieval apothecaries used a head of a deer to indicate their activity. The antlers contain many hormones which was used by the pharmacies.

The flute player is the symbol for the pleasure. At the top the three divine virtues are represented: faith, hope and love. You also see the statue of Mary with her son.

This hous accommodates a well-known restaurant of the city: the “Hel”. A nice detail is that you can eat here in a large bed. Do not take along too many people: there is only place for 4 in the bed!

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The first thing you see here is two extraordinary houses. They date from the 17th century, a period when very little was built because the city was anything but prosperous. The house on the left (Kraanlei 79) is adorned by the Six Works of Mercy. Six? Historians are gradually starting to agree that there was a seventh, burying the dead, which is left out because it is too sombre. Feeding the hungry is at any rate no problem, as this house is a shop full of typical Ghent specialities such as cuberdons (a cone-shaped sweet gum). The house on the right (Kraanlei 81) pictures the five senses, and also a flute-player, a flying deer and, at the top, ‘faith, hope and charity’. If you now went straight on, you would be entering one of
the oldest parts of Ghent. Nowadays, this wonderful area with its authentic mediaeval layout, called Patershol, is the gastronomic heart (or stomach) of the city.

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