Het Pand, Ghent (Belgium)  4th - 7th June 2015

Ghent is one of the most beautiful historic cities in Europe and was given several pretty names: historic heart of Flanders, a city of all times, medieval Manhattan, Europe’s best kept secret.

Ghent was founded in the 7th Century, on the confluence of the rivers Scheldt and Lys, and called ‘Ganda’. During the Middle Ages, Ghent was a leading town. Under the French domination, the city lived stirring times, but in the 19th century, when Ghent came under Dutch rule, the economy flourished again and Ghent developed into a modern Metropolis. Nowhere else can you find so much history per square metre as in the beautifully renovated and fully pedestrianised historic city centre. Walking through Ghent is like travelling through time: you turn the corner and just like that, you go from the fourteenth century to the twenty-first (and back!). Nevertheless, everything seems to astonishingly belong together.

Three grand medieval towers form the city’s unique skyline. The Castle of the Counts impressive walls and merlons let your imagination run wild. The adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the Van Eyck brothers is only one of the many art treasures in the St Bavo’s Cathedral.

During The Middle Ages, the port at the Graslei and Korenlei formed the story of the incredible blossoming of Ghent’s economy. Nowadays, the port of Ghent is one of Belgium’s largest ports. In Ghent pounds the young heart of a dazzling city of culture with music, theatre, film and visual arts. A city where cultural perspectives are constantly renewed and enlarged, where culture is a feast and where feasting is a form of culture. Ghent is also known as a city of festivals. Festivals that attract people from all over the world, such as the Ghent Festivities (every year, third week of July).

A visit to the city is not complete without seeing at least one of the important and original museums of Ghent such as the world-renowned Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art (S.M.A.K.), the Museum of Fine Arts, the Design museum Gent, the Museum for Industrial Archaeology and Textiles (MIAT) and the new STAM - Ghent City Museum.

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