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Address: Emile Braunplein, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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An enigma

I can see how this place has earned its controversial reputation. It is a real piece of modern contemporary in a setting that couldn't be more traditional. I like it. On my visit... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Holmfirth, United Kingdom

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Phnom Penh
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97 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Born and raised in Ghent, I still cannot come to terms with this 40 meter high structure. It looks like an uplifted barn and probably built to resemble exactly that, but it is basically too ugly and too big. Designed by architects Robbrecht & Daem and Marie-José Van Hee this new edifice destroyed the views you had on the belfry,... More 

Thank Marc D
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Doesn't fit the street image. Nothing to do there. Don't take a detour to visit it, not worth your time.

Thank Leon B
Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I can see how this place has earned its controversial reputation. It is a real piece of modern contemporary in a setting that couldn't be more traditional. I like it. On my visit, there was a blazing fire in the corner around which people were gathering and sheltering from the gruesome weather. On the stage was a band, entertaining an... More 

Thank dughall
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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894 reviews
427 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Nice design mixing glass and wood . When there's no market offers a shady spot for buskers and musicians.

Thank tezpil
London, United Kingdom
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715 reviews
445 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Currently this is where the centre of the Ghent Christmas markets are. I can imagine it's beautiful at any time of the year, being situated in the gorgeous historical centre of Ghent and surrounded by the incredible old cathedrals, however in the middle of winter it's just incredible. The market hall houses the lively ice skating rink and christmas market... More 

1 Thank KiaOraKiwi
Milan, Italy
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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 

Thank Emily L
Ghent, Belgium
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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!

3 Thank 9000Niels
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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 

12 Thank PSDW
Paris, France
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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 

17 Thank Yves d
Eeklo, Belgium
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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