Thursday, August 4, 2011

Gent - Belgium

Gent is one of the cities i want to visit next month in Belgium. Only 44 days to go :D

I'm getting quite a few cards from Belgium these last weeks. The 1st card was one of my favorites and it was sent by Mirjam "jasmyn" and the 2nd by Raquel "ferro".

Gent is a city and a municipality located in the Flemish region of Belgium. It is the capital and biggest city of the East Flanders province. The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Lys and in the Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe. Today it is a busy city with a port and a university.
On the card there's the St. Nicholas Church and the Belfry seen from the St. Michael Bridge.

Much of the city's medieval architecture remains intact and is remarkably well preserved and restored. Its centre is the largest carfree area in Belgium. Interesting highlights are the Saint Bavo Cathedral with the Ghent Altarpiece, the belfry, the Gravensteen castle, and the splendid architecture along the old Graslei harbour. Ghent established a nice blend between comfort of living and history – it is not a city-museum. The city of Ghent houses also three béguinages and numerous churches, among which the Saint-James' church, the Saint-Nicolas' church and the Saint Michael's church are the most beautiful examples.

The beguinages, as well as the belfry and adjacent cloth hall, were recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in 1998 and 1999. - in: wikipedia

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