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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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  • The main entrance is at present (aug 2017) restored and you can go through a bad indicated they entrance. And inside it is a beautiful church, with an impressive décor.
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  • Located in the commercial centre of the historic city of Ghent, is the oldest monuments of the same (initiated at the beginning of the 13th century), in Gothic style strongly damaged during the Protestant Reformation, the French Revolution and two world wars, has been in restoration since 1960.
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  • It is the Church most monumental of Ghent, next to the Cathedral are the most important religious sites of the city. The exterior architecture is beautiful, but inside too, so visit it
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  • 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.
  • Fantastic architecture and also wonderful acoustics for music. This is a must see location in Ghent!
  • Awesome architecture. A must to visit when in Ghent. You will not miss it!
  • Just down the road from the cathedral, not as big but still impressive.
  • 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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