Ghent: birthplace of emperors

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History tells us that the city is decked, wearing all their streets to get to Philip the Handsome and Joanna the Mad. February 24 was the year 1500, Ghent and plotted a route that came from the ceremonial Prinsenhoj to the church of San Juan where she was to be christened the future Emperor Charles V. And also the history that the Queen Isabel the Catholic to know the birth of his grandson recited a passage from the Bible: “Cecedit sors Mathiam super” (fortunate fell Matías) alluding to the great future that he hoped the prince newborn. Years later, Carlos bought the rights to the Netherlands and the Duchy of Burgundy, on the Crown of Aragon and Castile, the possessions in Italy and new conquests in America, the rights to the throne of Austria, and finally on crown of the Holy Roman Empire.

Thus, Ghent joined in a single person to a whole … the Spanish Empire.

How to get to Ghent?
* By road: Ghent is only 55 kms. of Brussels. Simply take the A10 to the exit of the Belgian capital, to travel for 46 kms. and then take exit 1 in the B401.

* By train: There are trains every 15 minutes leading from Brussels to the station in St. Peeters Ghent. There are about 50 minutes, and the cost of the ticket is 14.80 euros return.

Tourism in Ghent
If going by train, you take the tram stop in the old town. Walking the road is long and not very showy. Both tram and on foot, reached the main street of the city, the Limburg, which are the vast majority of the monuments. There, the first thing you will find the Church of San Nicholas.

* San Nicolas is a Gothic church built in the first half of the thirteenth century.

* Lakenhall and Tower Boffroi: Following the Limburg got to these buildings, two houses of late Byzantine Gothic style of the year 1426. Will visit from March to November 10 at 12.30 h. and 14 to 17.30 h.

* Cathedral of Saint Baafs: In order, that is the next building you will find. It is a Gothic building of the year 1228. His tour schedule is 8.30 h. 17 or 18 h. according to season.

* Castle of the Devil Gerardo: It is the last large building on the street Limburg. Their visiting hours are Tuesday to Friday from 8.30 to 12 h. and 13 to 16.30 h. Its origin dates back to 1216. He is currently the State Archives.

* The City: the facade is an example of florid Gothic, with many sculptures and ornamental details.

Continuing parallel to the Limburg (Proof Hoog street) until we reach a bridge over the River Scheldt. It is a beautiful place, like many that are in the city of Bruges .Is the first glimmer of genuine Ghent, successive bridges, stone houses, the ivy on the facade. It’s pure nostalgia. It is in this area are the main shopping streets of the city. And, at bottom, the big castle …

* Gravensteen The Hot: this is a real marvel. One of the finest medieval castles I’ve seen. Impressive, because this castle is where we all had our childhood fantasies, in corridors of drawbridges, battlements of, room, torture chambers, chapels … It was built in 867 years by the Counts of Flanders and can be accessed from 9 am until 16 or 17 h. according to season.

* The Graslei or Korenlei: are the two neighborhoods that were built along the banks of the Scheldt. They are precious and worthy of a stroll though the many tourists who find. He deserves, without doubt, stop there for a while and admire the landscape of the city.

Eat in Ghent:

Some of the largest and most popular restaurants in the city are:

* De Acht Zaligheden, specializing in seafood, is in the street Oudburg, a very commercial street near Hot Gravensteen.

* Blauwe Zalm, also specializes in seafood and very similar to the first, on the street Vrouwebroestraat.

Georges *: also in the area, and based on fish.

Festivities in the city:
The festivities in the city of Ghent were very popular from where throughout the year include:

The art market is held every May 21

The Festival Carrillón, is held from July to late August in Boffroi.

The Festival of Flanders is the end of October.

The Galgefest is 13 and May 14 and is a typical medieval feast with performances.

The Artveldefeesten is a party with popular folklore that takes place May 9 and June 10.

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