Gravensteen van Gent

Fortress

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The imposing Castle of the Counts, built in 1180, now looms up in front of you. Nowhere else in the world will you find such a massive fortress in the centre of a city. Anyone who visits Ghent without going inside deserves the thumbscrews, the dungeon or perhaps even the guillotine (last used in 1861), all of which are on display inside. While you stand looking at the castle from the count’s bailey, you might almost forget you were in the 21st century. But Ghent is a living city that not only preserves its historical heritage, but also has an eye to the future. One example is the giant spider’s web, a remnant of an international art event, and like the fortress itself made to stand the test of time.

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Sint-Veerleplein 11
9000 Gent
Oost-Vlaanderen
Belgium

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