donderdag 14 mei 2009

Things to do in Ghent

What can you do in Ghent, Belgium? Well, climb the belfry for a start.
Ghent's Belfort, or belfry, is both a historical and an architectural gem. It was built in the 14th century, took 70 years to complete a served as a showpiece but also as a watchtower where guards kept a vigilant eye over the entire city.

In the underground section were kept important municipal documents in a locked trunk that was chained to the ground. This room is know as the "secrecy room" and you can still it today.

There are six levels to the Belfort, most of which you can visit as you make your way up the seemingly never-ending spiral staircase. On view are artefacts, like old carillon bells and the remains of the original copper-plated dragon that sat at the very top of the spire.

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