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Castle of Gerald the Devil

Castle of Gerald the Devil

Geraard de Duivelsteen

Castle of Gerald the Devil

Geraard de Duivelsteen

Despite the name and its grim appearance, the devil has never resided in this 13th-century fortress.

Through the centuries, it has been used as a knights’ residence, an arsenal, a monastery, a school and a bishop’s seminary. In 1623, it became a madhouse for the mentally ill and a home for male orphans. Another part of the building was used as a prison or detention centre. 

Contact

Geeraard de Duivelsteen

Geraard de Duivelstraat 1
9000 Gent
Stadsplan: D4

Publication

Visitor’s city guide Ghent

Visitor’s city guide Ghent

Please feel free to browse through this guide and get to know our city a little better.

Geeraard de Duivelsteen

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