You are no longer in the historical heart of Ghent (the ‘kuip’), but on ‘s Gravensgrond (the count’s land).
Originally, this area was property to the count and therefore did not belong to the city. You can get the best ‘taste’ of the Middle Ages in the splendid Patershol: the old street plan is authentic, two monasteries have been beuatifuly preserved and the numerous charming little restaurants offer unrivalled culinary (and cultural) variety.

Charles V was also born nearby, in the Prinsenhof.