Saturday, August 10, 2013

Gent Belfry - BELGIUM - UNESCO #943

Gent was the city I've chosen as stronghold for a 4 day visit around Belgium - unfortunately things don't always go like you plan them... late afternoon I've received a phone call that forced me to end my vacations and drive straight home immediately (I tell you, 1800km on one go it's not a walk in the park). Before that phone call I was in the city center having a coffee and writing this postcard with Gent three towers: the St Bavon Cathedral, St Nicholas Church and the UNESCO belfry, my second one. 
UNESCO #934 - Gent Belfry - BELGIUM
Twenty-three belfries in the north of France and the belfry of Gembloux in Belgium were inscribed as a group, an extension to the 32 Belgian belfries inscribed in 1999 as Belfries of Flanders and Wallonia. Built between the 11th and 17th centuries, they showcase the Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles of architecture. They are highly significant tokens of the winning of civil liberties. While Italian, German and English towns mainly opted to build town halls, in part of north-western Europe, greater emphasis was placed on building belfries. 

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