26°C / 79°F

Clear sky

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

In the neighbourhood

Similar

Groot Vleeshuis Gent
The Great Butchers' Hall dates back to the 15th century, when meat halls were indoor market places with centralised sales to monitor the freshness and quality of the meat.
Justitiepaleis Gent
To solve the permanent lack of space, a modern building for the law courts was built on the edge of the city.
Muziekcentrum De Bijloke Gent
Where the sick were once treated, music lovers are now pampered. The building is a perfect blend of old and new, with a concert hall that boasts unparalleled acoustics.