Ghent’s history is a subject you can keep talking or, in this case, writing about. The fact that Ghent was one of Europe’s most important cities in the Middle Ages can still be felt in the city today. There are plenty of remnants of days gone by in the city: a medieval castle with a moat next to a busy tram line, a cathedral and belfry a stone’s throw from each other, not one but three beguinages and a medieval port. Did you know that Ghent was fairly spared from bombings during the First and Second World Wars? This means its cultural heritage has remained in good condition to this day.

  • Ghent as an industrial giant of the past

    Industry and Ghent have been inextricably linked for three centuries. You can discover a great deal of industrial heritage in the city – whether on foot or by bike – and in the Museum of Industry, you will also find industrial treasures from the past.

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