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Old 11th century church isn't finished yet; no spires

The Three Towers; churches in the old section of town

Church of our Beloved Lady; known for its alter piece painted by...

One of many canals

Amazing architecture

The blue building is the toll house where they collected taxes on...

Brugge was the cloth city; Ghent is the grain city. These beautiful...

This is the Marriott Hotel

Market Street

Tourists having fun.

Pizza place

Warning in the pizza place

The Butcher House

Hams hanging from the rafters in the Butcher House; now a restaurant...

Candies made from fruits-raspberry, lemon, apple-shaped like a nose; called Ghent Noses

If you lick the bottom of the candy and it sticks to...

Coffee Shop, like where you buy fresh beans

Butcher Shop, they still have individual stores versus big grocery stores like...

Belfry or Bell Tower; the story here is that each town had...

More grain storage

Church of our Beloved Lady

Lunch, croque monseur (ham and cheese)

Opera House

City Hall, with 4 styles of architecture

City Hall

The miller and his family had to take care of themselves and...

Ghent (also spelled Gent); we're still in the Flemish region of Belgium. It was originally a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Leie; and in the late Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe, with some 50,000 people in the year 1300. It is a port and university city.

In many ways, Ghent's history is similar to Bruges. However, Ghent never fell into decline, as it was able to adapt its economy to the times. During the 19th century, its textile industry became renowned worldwide and it established its own university, which attracted many national and international students to the city, thus keeping the city alive. Today, Ghent has a population of nearly 250,000 of which 45,000 are students. During the World Wars, it wasn't bombed badly and the Nazi's liked Ghent too.

Ghent also has an interesting network of canals and a stunning medieval city center. However, like Bruges, they had to restore the old buildings to attract tourists. The buildings were cleaned, the canals were purified and the industrial areas were repaired.

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