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Time travel in the Gravensteen castle in Ghent.

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Time travel in the Gravensteen castle in Ghent.

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Time travel in the Gravensteen castle in Ghent.

Being in living in the city of Bruges, Belgium, for a few days, I wanted to visit the city of Ghent, the journey by train takes a little over two hours. There is a major historical monument of the city of Ghent.

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Gravensteen Castle Ghent

The Castle of the Counts of Flanders (Gravensteen) that I wanted to visit first. Located in the heart of the city, 5 minutes walk from the Saint Bavo Cathedral and Belfry, it is close to the Patershol neighborhood.

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Gravensteen Castle Ghent

This tour is worth it ! combined with a pass for the sights of Ghent, you will be delighted by this external visit that will let you “chew” beautiful shots of the city as you will have the opportunity to take photos with a city tour of 360 but a visit inside walls with exposed ..

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Gravensteen Castle Ghent

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Gravensteen Castle Ghent

The Gravensteen is a castle in Ghent originating from the Middle Ages.

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Gravensteen Castle Ghent

Count Baldwin I, Count of Flanders (9th century) would have built the first fortifications in this place to defend themselves from the invading Vikings. Count Arnulf I of Flanders (10th century) then made to strengthen the construction actually make a castle.

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Gravensteen Castle Ghent

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Gravensteen Castle Ghent

This castle was mostly composed only of wood. The present castle was built in 1180 by Count Philip of Alsace. He was inspired by castles the count encountered during the Second Crusade. A large stone tower with 3 floors (33 meters high) was erected in the center of the site of the old castle.

The castle served as a residence for the counts of Flanders until the 14th century, when it was supplanted by the Prinsenhof (now destroyed), more comfortable and with large gardens.

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Gravensteen Castle Ghent

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Gravensteen Castle Ghent

The castle was then used as a prison. Charles V, though born in Prinsenhof, settled at Gravensteen during the riot of 1539, although to say that the count had chastise his city. Houses were built against the walls and some of its stones were even used to build other buildings. From the late 18th century, the castle housed a cotton mill and workshops, and it was even planned to tear it down at the end of the 19th century.

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Gravensteen Castle Ghent

The castle is in excellent condition, inside and outside located near the historic center which makes it even more exeptionnel.

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Gravensteen Castle Ghent

The tour takes an hour, and allows to visit the different rooms of the area, some of which offer exhibitions. Weapons and armor, but more interesting because less current, a torture chamber, with period instruments (Overwrite-finger guillotine execution table, etc … and the operating instructions!).

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Gravensteen Castle Ghent

 

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