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[Europe Travel] Belgium: Ghent

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Ghent is Belgium’s third largest city. Ghent is the center of the East Flanders region and has developed significantly since the Middle Ages. Ghent is known as a city that is visited by a large number of tourists due to the fact that there are several World Heritage-listed buildings. The medieval European cityscape remains as it is, and it is a very beautiful city. Ghent is also known as the City of Flowers, where flower cultivation and horticultural agriculture are flourishing, and an international flower show called “Ghent Floraria” is held once every five years.

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Location

Ghent is a city located in western Belgium.

History

Ghent was dominated by the Count of Flanders from around the 9th century, and the textile industry flourished in the Middle Ages. It was regarded as one of the huge cities in medieval Europe, and it was extremely prosperous. However, after the 16th century, the industry gradually declined. Nowadays, horticultural agriculture such as flower cultivation is much more popular than textiles. The World’s Fair is held in 1913.

Climate

Ghent is very comfortable in the summer. Winters are very cold and windy. Temperatures range from 1 ° C to 23 ° C throughout the year.

Language

Flemish and French are used in Belgium. Furthermore, German is also used, and the language used differs depending on the region.

Security

Ghent has many universities and many students, so it is relatively safe. However, there are many crimes on streets with few people, so you need to be careful.

Race

There are many Flemish and Walloons in Belgium. In recent years, the number of Arab immigrants has increased.

industry

The tourism industry is very prosperous because Ghent has a World Heritage Site. In addition, horticulture is very popular in modern times, and it has become known as the city of flowers.

religion

In Belgium, more than 75% are Catholics. Others include Protestants and Muslims.

currency

The euro is used in Belgium.

Sightseeing spot 1 : Gravensteen

A citadel that is also a landmark in Ghent. Ghent has been dominated by the Count of Flanders since the 9th century and has lived in this castle for a long time. You can know the atmosphere of the Middle Ages.

Sightseeing spot 2 : St. Bavo’s Cathedral

A cathedral in the city of Ghent. It is a profound building that has both Romanesque and Gothic style. There is a tower with a height of 88m, which is very high.

Sightseeing spot 3 : Belfort 

The Bell Tower is designated as a World Heritage Site and is a 91m high building built by the guild in the 13th-14th centuries. Now you can climb by elevator.

Sightseeing spot 4 : Graslei 

Graslei was the center of commerce from the Middle Ages to the early modern period. Historical buildings such as the guild house of the time are lined up, making it a tourist attraction.

Sightseeing spot 5 : St. Michael’s Bridge

A stone arch bridge built at the beginning of the 20th century. You can see Corn Ray and Grass Ray on both banks of the bridge, which is a great commemorative photo spot.

Sightseeing spot 6 : Church of St. Nicholas

The Church of St. Nicholas was built in the middle of the 11th century. A fire broke out in the 12th century and the current one is a reconstructed building in the 13th century. The atmosphere of medieval Europe remains.

Sightseeing spot 7 : Leie river

The river Leie in Ghent is famous for its boat tours. Boat tours depart every 15 to 20 minutes. You can also listen to a guide in English.

Sightseeing spot 8 : 1898 The Post

The building started construction in 1898 and was used as a post office until 2001. Since 2017, it has been used as a luxury boutique hotel with 38 rooms.

Hotel

Ghent has plenty of accommodation. The nearest airport is Brussels Airport. Tickets and accommodations can be booked from the link below. It also supports other languages.

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