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  • 1. Graslei

    Gravensteen/Patershol | Historic Home

    This magnificent row of guild houses in the original port area is best seen from across the River Leie on the Korenlei (Corn Quay). The guild...Read More

  • 2. Gravensteen

    Gravensteen/Patershol | Castle/Palace

    Surrounded by a moat, the Castle of the Counts of Flanders resembles an enormous battleship steaming down the sedate Lieve Canal. From its windswept...Read More

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  • 3. Museum voor Schone Kunsten (M.S.K.)

    Citadelpark | Museum/Gallery

    This is one of Belgium's finest museums, and its temporary exhibitions are usually exceptional. Built in 1902 at the edge of Citadelpark, the...Read More

  • 4. Sint-Baafskathedraal

    Torenrij | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The ornate Brabantine Gothic St. Bavo's Cathedral, begun in the austere 13th century but finished in the 16th century, dramatically rises from...Read More

  • 5. Belfort

    Torenrij | Notable Building

    This 300-foot belfry tower symbolizes the power of the guilds and was constructed in 1314 to serve as Ghent's watchtower. Since 1377, the structure...Read More

  • 6. De Wereld van Kina (Kind en Natuur)

    Sint-Pietersplein | Museum/Gallery

    This natural-history museum shares an ancient abbey with the Kunsthal Sint-Pieters Abdij, and exhibits cover geology, the evolution of life...Read More

  • 7. Het Huis van Alijn

    Gravensteen/Patershol | Castle/Palace

    The museum, the Kraanlei waterfront, and the ancient Patershol district behind it form an enchanting group. The museum itself comprises several...Read More

  • 8. Klein Begijnhof

    Begijnhof | Historic Home

    Founded in 1235 by Countess Joanna of Constantinople, this is the smallest, and best preserved, of Ghent's three béguinages. These complexes...Read More

  • 9. Korenmarkt

    Gravensteen/Patershol | Historic District/Site

    The main Corn Market square is fringed with gabled buildings, cafés, and shops; it's also the site of one of the city's busiest tram stops....Read More

  • 10. Kunsthal Sint-Pieters Abdij

    Sint-Pietersplein | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    There has been an abbey on this site since the 7th century, and during the Middle Ages it was one of the richest and most important Flemish...Read More

  • 11. Museum Arnold Vander Haeghen


    Three of Ghent's favorite locals are honored in this 18th-century former governor's home, which can be visited with a guide every Friday and...Read More

  • 12. Sint-Niklaaskerk

    Torenrij | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Perhaps Belgian's best example of Scheldt-Gothic, St. Nicholas's Church was built in the 11th century in Romanesque style, destroyed a century...Read More

  • 13. Stadhuis

    Torenrij | Government Building

    The Town Hall is an early example of what excessive taxes can do to a city. In 1516, Antwerp's Domien de Waghemakere and Mechelen's Rombout...Read More

  • 14. STAM


    Explore the history of Gent through nine rooms, documenting significant moments in its past. Each room addresses a different era, from the time...Read More

  • 15. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.)

    Citadelpark | Museum/Gallery

    Located in a former flower show hall, this edgy, contemporary art gallery couldn't be farther removed from its dainty origins. Known for housing...Read More

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