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Belfry of Ghent

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The belfrey acted as a watchtower and was populated by a hand-full guards. In case of fire or other danger, these men sound the storm bell, called "Klokke Roeland".

These guards were replaced later on, by stone copies . You can see a set of four on the corners of the belrey. They became the symbol of a local bank "Gemeentekrediet", and where called by the locals as "Gemeentenaarkes".

They are also called the "pot-crappers" or "kanneschijters" because of the following reason: they had to climb about 200 stairs before they reached their post. Because they wre not allowed to leave their post, they had to find a solution for the "full bladder"-problem. Therefore, they took along a pot.


9000 Gent

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