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Culture in Ghent

One of Belgium’s oldest cities, Ghent has a wealth of medieval and classical architecture, as well as areas of urban renewal populated with quirky art galleries and contemporary museums.
Houses along Graslei reflected in the canal
COMPILED BY CATRIONA GREW, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM HELENA SMITH.PHOTOGRAPHS: R. KIEDROWSKI/ROBERT HARDING, COURTESY OF REDERIJ DE GENTENAER

Belfort

(belfortgent.be; Sint-Baafsplein)

Ghent’s Unesco-listed 14thcentury belfry (91m) is topped by a large dragon weathervane: he has become a city mascot. You’ll meet two previous dragon incarnations on the 350-stair climb to the top; there are lifts up some of the way. Enter through the Lakenhalle, Ghent’s cloth hall, left half-built in 1445 and only completed in 1903. Hear the carillon at 11.30am Fridays and 11am on summer Sundays.

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