Categories: Ghent

Het Belfort van Gent : Belgium

Europe has an interesting way to offer grand panoramic views of a city. Netherlands and parts of Belgium also have the challenge of being flat, so hills and mountains are usually ruled out. Not that many skyscrapers, especially in the the more historical towns. What usually stands out in the background? churches and cathedrals, and in many of those you can take very narrow stairs up to the bells almost all the way to the top. Lovely Ghent has the Het Belfort van Gent (Belfry of Ghent), the tallest belfry in Belgium (91m) and a UNESCO heritage site dating back to the 14th century. On the way, before going up, is an interesting exhibition about the bells, how they’re created and maintained, also covering some of the local legends, such as the gilded dragon and the “breast sucker” (Mammelokker) annex 

 

Het Belfort van Gent : Belgium

 

Let’s go in…

 

Het Belfort van Gent : Belgium

 

See some dragons…

 

Het Belfort van Gent : Belgium

Het Belfort van Gent : Belgium

 

And bell players…

 

Het Belfort van Gent : Belgium

Het Belfort van Gent : Belgium

Het Belfort van Gent : Belgium

 

And go all the way up…

 

Het Belfort van Gent : Belgium

Het Belfort van Gent : Belgium

Het Belfort van Gent : Belgium

Het Belfort van Gent : Belgium

 

 

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A good way to kick off the Ghent explorations, and after that perhaps follow with a boat tours around the city canals.

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