Belfry of Ghent
The first account for the construction of Ghent’s Belfry dates back to 1313. You may infer that construction started in that year. Ten years later, the first four layers were completed, and between 1377 and 1380, a provisional wooden tower crown was built on which the Golden Dragon was placed. This first dragon watched over the city for nearly 500 years and was replaced in 1853. The current dragon is number three and was installed in 1980. The belfry has had a total of seven different crowns, each time adapted to the growing number of bells of the carillon. In the mid-19th century, the last wooden covering was replaced by a cast iron construction. Due to lack of maintenance, it rusted to the point that it too was replaced. The present stone spire, after the 14th-century design, was just getting ready for the 1913 World’s Fair. Between 1967 and 1980, further substantial restorations were made to properly connect this spire to the rest of the belfry.
Number of steps:
386 / 6 floors
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Food and drink
During our visit to Ghent, we spontaneously visited some premises to take care of the inner man as well. If you have any additions or an absolute tip where a visit to Ghent culinary should be graced please send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘t Dreupelkot 1.
Perhaps not the smallest, but the most unique dredge in Flanders and surrounding continents. With its more than 200 varieties of genevers, some of them homemade such as the already world-famous vanilla gin, there is more than enough to choose from.
2. Lunchroom The Black Sea
Located on the River Lys, Black Sea is one of the city’s nicest locations on sunny days. The view of the Lys River is magnificent and enjoying the large waffles served here, the whole city passes by.
3. Paradise of Wenemaar
On the Veerleplein opposite ‘t Gravesteen you will find ‘t Paradijs van Wenemaar, or ‘t Paradijs for short. You can eat super delicious food there. The Ghent stew with Gulden Draak and hand-cut fries is highly recommended.
The three most recent posts
On this page we have collected all the relevant information for visiting this belfry. To keep this up to date, we are constantly on our way to one of the 56 belfries on the Unesco World Heritage List. Below are the latest additions.
Notice of an unexpected visit to theater Kalleke Step in Grembergen during a planned visit to Dendermonde.
Report on the visit to Dendermonde City Hall and the Hollandse Kazerne with the common thread: Ros Carillon
Visit Belfry of Dendermonde 2023 Rein had managed to get in touch with Patrick Segers, the head of the Tourism Department in Dendermonde, and make an appointment to tour the Belfry. Not only was Patrick waiting for us in front of the Belfry and City Hall but he turned...