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Saint Peter's Abbey, Ghent

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  • Arriving in Ghent, we decided to walk to the Centre and have chosen a route through the Park, the Citadel and the street St. Pietersplein. At odoimennoj square accidentally entered the Cathedral. Peter, where stayed for a long time, considering the numerous paintings of Flemish artists of the 17-18 centuries. Excellent collection, which may be the envy of many museums.
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  • Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Sint-Pieterskerk and Sint-Pietersabdij is as neighbouring buildings on the huge Sint-Pietersplein. The Abbey's history dates back to 600-century, when it was founded by the missionary Amandus, who was sent by the Frankish Kings to christianize the Pagan people North. The monastery has been both rich and poor, has been plundered by the Normans, and in 1566, it was destroyed by the ikonoklasmen, and the years following were hard for the poor monks. In 1578 they had to flee across the neck and head, after which they sold what could be sold by the buildings. The rest was demolished and the stones used to build the city walls with. In 1584 the Church got back ownership of the monastery, and in 1629 began reconstruction of the and of the Church. During the French revolution the monks were again chased at the gate, and this time it was (at least so far) end. The building was later used as a military depot. Today, it is used for various special exhibitions, and you can see some of the spaces and a small museum about the history of the Abbey. The first church on the site was built in Romanesque style in the 1100 and 1200-century. The new church was built in beautiful, bright sandstone between 1629 and 1651, and has a really fine location on the large Sint-Pietersplein. So should all churches have plenty of room! The architect who designed the Church is supposed to be Pieter Huyssens (1577-1637), which is also known for Sint-Carolus Borromeuskerk in Antwerp. Sint-Pieters is in pure Baroque style. The beautiful room, a three-aisled Basilica, has a number of works of art. Here are pictures of among others Jan Janssens, Jan van Cleef, Pieter-Norbert van Reysschoot, Seghers, Pieter van Avont Geeraard and Nicklaas the Liemaeckere. In the Church's treasure trove exhibited fine cases in silver and gold, the exhibition books with sheet music, sculptures and more. It is an experience to visit the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Sint-Pieterskerk and Sint-Pietersabdij, read about the site's long and dramatic history and feel the silence and tranquility of the place. A great experience!
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  • A breath of fresh air as opposed to the (sometimes) busy Center. Walking in the garden. A little way from the City Centre (tram 4 is near) Audio tour available.
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