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Post Plaza Shopping CenterShopping0.1km
Saint Nicholas' ChurchReligion0.1km
Korenmarkt SquareSquares0.1km
Graslei Squares0.2km
Design Museum GentMuseums0.2km
Groot vleeshuisMonument0.3km
School van toenMuseums0.3km
Saint Bavo CathedralCathedrals0.4km
Hogeschool Gent Koninklijk ConservatoriumSchool0.4km
St. Bavone Cathedral GentCathedrals0.4km
Grote SikkelMonument0.4km
Oude VismijnMonument0.3km
Langemunt Shopping CenterShopping0.4km
GravensteenCastles 0.4km
Vlaamse Opera HouseTheatre0.5km


Tourist information and destination rating

Category: Cities, Local time: 12:15:15, Official WWW website:

Pros

mild climate

Cons

far from the airport

Suitable for

shopping
history
nightlife
cruises
study
active vacation
health tourism

Why to go there?

old&new architecture
historical centre

Transportation and means of transport

railway
trams

business travel (industry)

textile


Information and Facts

GPS: 51.0536, 3.7209
Altitude: 8 m
Nearest border: Netherlands, 19 km
Coastline: North Sea, 33 km
Distance from the capital city: Brussels, 57 km
Last update: Oct 21, 2012 8:36:07 PM

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 Aura: 80Reviews: 56Aug 24, 2011 10:01:13 AM
Ghent is a historic city in Belgium . It is situated in the north-western part of the country, in the region Vlaanderen, i.e. East Flanders. It lies on the confluence of rivers Scheldt and Leie.

Bits of history

The region of the today's city has been inhabited since the Stone Age. The name of the city is derived from the Celtic word “ganda“, which means “confluence of rivers“. At the beginning of our era, it was under the Romans' power. It was founded as a Roman settlement. The Romans' rule ended in the 5th century when the Francs came and settled the region. In the Middle Ages, the city Ghent was a significant and prosperous Belgian center. In that time, it was just a little bit smaller than Paris and bigger than for example London. Today, Ghent is an important port and an university city. The large local port is connected to the sea by a canal.

Touristic attractions

One of the most significant monuments is the St Bavon Cathedral . You will get a view of the whole city from its tower. There is also the historical quay Graslei with the typical Flemish houses and the museum of industrial art. Not far from the quay, there is the Gravensteen Castle . Today, the city Ghent has about 240,000 inhabitants.

Cities around

GhentDrongen (4.1km)Lovendegem (9km)Deurle (10km)Nevele (12km)Wetteren (13km)Nazareth (14km)Poeke (19km)Aalter (19km)

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