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We walk along the picturesque Graslei and Korenlei. The gables of their guild houses turn them undoubtedly into two of Ghent's most beautiful historical streets. From one of the flanking bridges, one can see the postcard panorama of the three towers: the Belfry and the steeples of the St. Nicolas church and the St Bavo's Cathedral.
A stroll over the Korenmarkt, a stop at a.o. the St Nicolas church, the impressive Belfry and its cloth hall (both on the World Heritage list) brings us to the cathedral.
On our way to the Vrijdagmarkt we elaborate on the City Hall with its mixture of styles from flamboyant Gothic to sober Renaissance. In the middle of the Vrijdagmarkt, the statue of Jacob Van Artevelde sees to it that Ghent thrives again like it did in the 14th century whre Jacob ended the English boycott on wool imports. A little further, we encounter Dulle Griet ('Evil Woman'), a 15th century cast iron cannon, weighing more than twelve tons. Once we have crossed the Lys we enter the inner courtyard of the House of ALijn.
This former almshouse is now the Museum of Folklore. The exquisite complex is part of the Patershol. The only neighbourhood in Ghent were the original medieval street plan is still intact. Through winding alleys and cobbled streets with numerous restaurants we reach the Castle of the Counts. This imposing fortress used to be the residence of the counts of Flanders. Later on it was used as a courthouse, a jail and even a textile factory. Included: voucher for a cruise on the canals (duration 40 minutes).
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