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Ghent Market Hall

Emile Braunplein, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Ranked #66 of 114 Attractions in Ghent
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Milan, Italy
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I really enjoyed sitting on the grass with a beer in the daytime, gazing at the castle and people watching. Then at night, with all the lights glowing, I took a renewed interest in the hall, which is more like a sculpture than a building. It's like a refreshing visual palate cleanser! The geometric, clean lines against the medieval backdrop... More

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Ghent, Belgium
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Great place to take rest, have a drink or enjoy some sunbathing on the grass hills. This is how modern architecture and landscape design can be masterfully and respectfully integrated in a historical context. Its Ghents newest magnet!

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Gent
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

It may divide the city in believers and not-believers, and on stand-alone it may have interesting architectural/technical features (that I fail to see to be honest, but I'm not a specialist). But for sure, this is extremely misplaced, just a self-centric prestige project dropped in a splendid medieval site. It is disruptive, it is just ugly concrete with some roof...... More

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Paris, France
1 review
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

One of the main disasters afflicting a European historical city since post-WW2 reconstruction years. Disproportionate, ill-placed, costly, totally useless, and with an adjacent concrete belltower of mind-boggling horror. Moreover, a complete breach of governance towards UNESCO, who was not even consulted despite the World Heritage status of the Belfry site, and towards the Ghent population, who by referendum had voted... More

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Eeklo, Belgium
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Finally the ugly parking at the 19th century artificiel windy square is just a bad memory of bad 20th century urban planning. Now a wonderful, beautiful and useful modern building, in harmony with the older neighbours, stands proudly where in far gone times, was a lively medieval quarter. Thanks to the fine bistro and the little park, this will be... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Last time i was in the center of ghent there used to be a horrible parking lot on this square, now its transformed to a beautiful, green place with an interesting markethall. i can imagine the public concerts and activity's going on there :) Its gable roof matches the old building's roof lines. If you stand in the garden the... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

The City Hall is an interesting building in the historic center of Gent. It's beautiful to see how modern 21st century architecture is combined with medival architecture. The building is in harmony with the historic building that surround it. The "Grand Café" in the cellar is nice. I frequently visit Gent and I can only say that this is an... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

The town hall is modelled after the original medieval cloth hall and replaces an ugly parking space It is controversial espacialy with conservative locals who never placed any critics when the former disgusting open air parking was there. All over sudden they became architecture critics.

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Ghent, Belgium
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

I've been following the project and construction from the beginning and never had the doubts about the impact the structure would have on the inner city. Before the current state, it's hard to believe, but it was just an ordinary parking lot, in the middle of the historic city! The market hall is now a really nice meeting place with... More

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gent
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

the building is architecturally interesting, but totally out of harmony with the medieval Belfry. this is the only, but major issue that defaces the city centre it breaks interesting viewing angles: form the Donkersteeg, and towards the city hall. it is a disgrace for the City of Gent.

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