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Historical places

Historical places

The following places are unique in Flanders and perhaps even in the world:


Patershol Gent

A cosy, picturesque neighbourhood in the shadow of the Castle of the Counts, with a pattern of streets that has been the same since mediaeval times.

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Prinsenhof & Lievekaai

Prinsenhof Gent

In the 14th century, Lodewijk van Male swapped the Castle of the Counts, which become uncomfortable, for a town house in this neighbourhood. It was here that Charles V was born in 1500.

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Vrijdagmarkt Gent

In previous centuries, this square - at that time still without the statue of Jacob Van Artevelde - was where the greater part of public political and social life took place.

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If you have to choose a time to go for a nice walk across the Kouter, let it be Sunday morning.

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Campo Santo

Campo Santo Gent

Numerous renowned painters, sculptors and writers went to their final resting place on this 19 metre-high burial mound.

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Groentenmarkt Gent

Only the name of the smallest pub in Ghent is a reminder of the former role of this square as an execution yard. Today it’s the place to be if you’re looking to buy delicious products.

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