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Ghent

At only 45km from Bruges you can find the city of Ghent, capital of East-Flanders and university city.

Ghent (Gent) has a very nice medieval centre with a lot of historic buildings, canals and impressive churches, such as the St. Bavo's Cathedral and the St. Nicholas' Church. In St. Bavo's Cathedral you can find the famous painting from the Van Eyck brothers (‘The adoration of the mystic lamb’) This was also the place where Emperor Charles was baptised in 1500. The Belfry, with its tower of 95 metres, is situated across from the City Hall. Beautiful historic buildings, are situated along the Graslei and Korenlei.

The Castle of Counts, a medieval fortress surrounded by water from the 12th century, was built by the Counts of Flanders. It is now a historical museum. In the neighbourhood you can find ‘Patershol’, an authentic medieval district with lots of tiny streets where also the Museum of Folklore is situated.

Ghent also has various other museums such as: the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art (SMAK), the Museum of Ancient Art.

Ghent is a very lively city and offers a lot of boutiques and restaurants. Because it is a university city, the town has lots of places to go out, bars, movie theatres…

You can find more information on:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghent