Summery of Trip through Paris, Ghent and Amsterdam - http://harshad-datar.blogspot.com/2018/05/trip-to-europe-summary-of-trip-part-i.html
Day One (at Paris) Blog - http://harshad-datar.blogspot.com/2018/05/three-days-in-paris-self-planned-europe.html
Day 2 (at Paris) Blog - http://harshad-datar.blogspot.com/2018/06/three-days-in-paris-self-planned-europe.html
Day 3 Blog (Paris and Ghent) - http://harshad-datar.blogspot.com/2018/06/three-days-in-paris-self-planned-europe_12.html
Ghent in Belgium is a mid size town. It is said that once upon a time Ghent was the second biggest towns in Europe after Paris. Well, not any more. This may be a mid size town but it is a famous education center with few very reputed universities.
Ghent was also a very important trading post and therefore was quite rich place (once u on a time). It has historical monuments and the beauty is, they all are located in a very compact area except a few which are away. So lets start our tour.
Since its a small place, we had no requirement to start very early. We started off after finishing a hearty breakfast at our B & B which was located at Rabot strat (more about Rabot Strat later). SInce this city can be seen on foot, we started our walk. The street of the town beyond city center were not very crowed. Walking was a pleasure and the weather was balmy.
As we walked towards city center we consulted the tourist map and found a Church very close to our location. It is Sint Elesabeth Anglican Church )originally a Roman Catholic Church but later handed over to Anglican Church in 2016). An old but almost plain building (from outside, we did not go inside as the service was going on) but it is part of an old site called "beguinage or holy corner which ad convents and four churches.
The neighbourhood through which one reaches church too was colourful with beautiful houses and a public garden. For balance part on this place let the Photos do the talking.
|The Sint Elisabeth Anglican Church|
|Statue on the door of Neighbouring household|
|Typical Belgian Architecture|
It is not as big as a Indian Fort but it is big as a castle compared to standard castles that we see in Europe with its own fortification and some bit of open ground. Let the photos do balance of the talking about Gravensteen Castle.
|Gravensteen Castle in full Glory|
|Inside the Compound|
|One of the hall inside|
|Model who is generally behind the camera|
|Main Castle Enterance|
|Just inside, at Reception Area|
|Inside Nicholas Church|
|A Stained Glass Panel|
As we walked down further, we reached the most famous monument of Ghent. Ghent Belfry (or watch tower) with attached Merchant's hall. Completed in 1380, this 91 meter tower served as watch tower and a secure vault to store important documents of the city government. There is a merchants hall attached to it where cloth was traded (Ghent being a major trading post) which was added later in the year 1445.
|Ghent Belfry,First Look|
|Inside, Statues of the Protectors|
|Belfry with Merchant's hall|
Ghent Belfry is one of the few places in Europe where there is a lift to reach the top. This lift is from first floor. There are intermediate floors where one can get down from lift while going up or down. The aerial view from top is grand. The other two towers of the three famous towers of Ghent (St Nicholas Church and St Bavo's Cathedral) and the churches on which they stand can be viewed from here.
|Aerial View, Saint Nicholas|
|Bavo's Cathedral from top of Belfry|
|View of Ghent|
The bells of Belfry originally served only religious purpose but soon acquired a state of controller of daily life as they started tolling daily to indicate the time. There was a famous bell named Roland which was removed by a victor who defeated Ghent. Now the belfry has a Carillon built with combination of bells.
|The bells of Belfry|
|Children enjoying in the pond|
Saint Bavo's cathedral is what gives the square its name. The Saint Bavo's cathedral is a 14th century church which stands at the place were a church existed from 942 AD. Its grand and worth visit. The most important is the artwork of Jan Van Eyck titled "Adoration of Mystic Lamb", only public work of the artist. Its a panel of paintings which are in Chapel. I did not photograph it as at that time there were too many people around it.
|Saint Bavo's Cathedral|
|Saint MichealBurg (Bridge)|
Saint Michael church is very grand from out side. We could not visit inside as the Church was closed.
|Saint Michael Church|
Our day ended after this trip. We have a morning 6 am Flixbus to catch fro Amsterdam.