Places of Interest nearby
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Only the 17th century chapel of the abbey, called Baudelo, was saved, although restoration is very much required today.
Mozart visited Ghent with his father as a young boy. He played on the organ of this chapel. Although there is now no organ anymore, at least the chapel should be saved.
During the first quarter of the 20th century, the universities library was located in these buildings. Later on, it became the city library. Since years, this space is not being used. There are plans to make this a cultural centre.
The Baudelostraat refers to the former Baudelo abbey, which was covering this area.
The abbey was one of the largest abbeys in Ghent, during the 17th century. Unfrotunately, not much is left otday of that old glory. At the end of the 18th century the monks were driven away from the abbey by the French Republicans. They changed the church in a Temple of Reason’. It became a school.
The abbey garden was transformed in a herb garden, called the Baudelopark. Unfortunaltey, the construction of the Bibliotheekstraat destroyed a big part of the garden. Only a few unique old trees remain stand. After 100 years, they moved this herb garden to the Ledeganckstraat, where the University herb garden stil is today.
If you stand back to back with the statue of Jacob of Artevelde, you look into the Baudelostraat. You can see beautiful fronts and gables along that street. This street was intentionaly constructed as a curved road, so one could see the houses from the market and the marvelous gables could lure you into the street. At the end of the 19th century, there was a plan to make a shoppingstreet of the Baudelostraat. That is also the reason why the houses have a very large ground-floor. The function of that ground-floor was a shopping-space and the 1st and 2nd floor were the living spaces. Nevertheless, that plan never succeeded.
The friday market has always been a commercial square and extending that function in the Baudelostraat, it was planned to strengthen the commercial position of the area. 150 worker-houses were removed to realize this plan. The architect “Semey” designed most of these beautiful houses. The plan failed completely. The actual trade and shops never came in this street.
A walk through this neighborhood tells us a lot about the mentality of the bourgeoisie of that time. You can read a lot of moralizing proverbs on many houses.
For everybody who received flowers on Valentine, read the text on the gable of house number 9.