Sunday, August 25, 2013

Castle of the Counts, Ghent

Our hotel was within walking distance of the Castle of the Counts or Gravensteen. We made a visit to this castle that was built in the middle ages (1180). Pretty darn old. I am always amazed that buildings like these are still standing. Also being from united states were not much is over 350 years old.

The castle was built by Philip of Alsace. The castle was abandoned in 14th century, Gravensteen was then used as a courthouse, a prison and eventually decayed. The castle was restored in 1885.

Inside is a museum with various torture devices (and a guillotine) that were historically used in Ghent. A bit creepy but fascinating if you ask me

The castle offered great views of the city. It was a bit sunny, not ideal for photographing but that can't be helped. I would have loved to be photographing at sunset.

We all enjoyed roaming around the castle

Love the view from all the small windows, Like you were peeking at the City

The castle had these funky glass windows. They almost looked like bottle glass. They were colorful and very beautiful.

These are links on the history and photos of the Castle - GHENT: The Gravensteen, Images of the castle, and Destination 360.

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