Ghent, Belgium has been a rich port city since the middle ages. In the 1600s and 1700s wealthy people of the town and church leaders built spectacular buildings, many of which are still being used and visited every day. Located halfway between Antwerp and Bruges, Ghent shares with those cities scenes of great interest and beauty. Here are a few images of Ghent.
Ghent may be best known for its cathedral, Saint Bavo’s, and for one particular work of art that resides there. The tall gothic cathedral was begun in the 13th century. The bell tower that stands at its entrance is 89 meters tall (292 feet).
It is one work of art from the 1400s that makes this cathedral a destination for visitors from all over the world. It’s sometimes called the Ghent Altarpiece but it’s better known as the “Adoration of the Lamb of God.”
Learn more about this magnificent work of art and its recent restoration at the cathedral’s website: https://www.sintbaafskathedraal.be/en/art/the-mystic-lamb.html
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To be continued… (The great buildings of Ghent deserve a post of their own.)