Ghent, capital of the province East-Flanders and home to a large university, is only 45km away from Bruges.
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 admire the famous painting 'The adoration of the Mystic Lamb', by the Van Eyck brothers. This was also the place where Emperor Charles was baptised in 1500. The Belfry, who's tower culminates at 95 metres, is situated across from the City Hall. Beautiful historic buildings line the Graslei and Korenlei.
The Castle of Counts (Gravensteen), a 12th century medieval fortress surrounded by a moat, was built by the Counts of Flanders. Currently it houses a historical museum. In the neighbourhood is the ‘Patershol’, an authentic medieval district with lots of tiny streets, where the Museum of Folklore is situated.
Ghent is home to other museums such as: the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art (SMAK), the Museum of Ancient Art.
Ghent, home to one of Belgium's largest universities, is a very lively city, offering a large range of boutiques, restaurants, and bars.
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