Saint Nicholas Church, Ghent

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St. Nicholas' Church (Sint-Niklaaskerk) is one of the oldest and most prominent landmarks in Ghent, Belgium. Begun in the early 13th century as a replacement for an earlier Romanesque church, construction continued through the rest of the century in the local Scheldt Gothic style (named after the nearby river). Typical of this style is the use of blue-gray stone from the Tournai area, the single large tower above the crossing, and the slender turrets at the building's corners.Built in the old trade center of Ghent next to the bustling Korenmarkt (Wheat Market), St. Nicholas' Church was popular with the guilds whose members carried out their business nearby. The guilds had their own chapels which were added to the sides of the church in the 14th and 15th centuries.The central tower, which was funded in part by the city, served as an observation post and carried the town bells until the neighboring belfry of Ghent was built. These two towers, along with the Saint Bavo Cathedral, still define the famous medieval skyline of the city center. One of the treasures of the church is its organ, produced by the famous French organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll.
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  • August 11, 2017
    In 11-12nd century stood here hot first copy when in the thirteenth century was phased out in Tournai region blue stone. In 16th century was destroyed and restored Interior ... many houses around it were later built
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  • August 9, 2017
    Fantastic architecture, paintings and stained glass windows. Free entry also, so why not go. Worth a visit.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    So good to this church, to see if one of the 3 towers, shine at night. And despite the criticism of some, the mobility plan an added value for historical buildings
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  • June 30, 2017
    An important and beautiful heritage site. Historical architecture creates beautiful sites for photography and artistic appreciation. The chimes take you back momentarily. Easy to access via trams.
  • July 7, 2017
    Fantastic architecture and also wonderful acoustics for music. This is a must see location in Ghent!
  • May 3, 2017
    Awesome architecture. A must to visit when in Ghent. You will not miss it!
  • June 5, 2017
    Just down the road from the cathedral, not as big but still impressive.
  • November 5, 2016
    In this cathedral you can find not only a fantastic architecture and the possibility to take nice pictures inside but it's also a great opportunity to listen to a magnificent organ used to play medieval music. It's amazing! If you come inside by the entrance on Market square (Korenmarkt) you will find an antiques market inside a part of the building not used as church anymore.

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One of Belgium's main cities, Ghent offers a good variety of places to stay. Because of its proximity to the capital city of Brussels and the city of Bruges, Ghent has fewer options than one might expect for a city of its size. Locals recommend booking a room in advance. The city has options for travelers on any budget, from inexpensive hostels to pricier hotels, with most visitors choosing to stay within the historical center. Prices drop slightly as you move away from the Old Town.
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