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Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)

Emile Braunplein, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Ranked #7 of 103 Attractions in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: This municipal tower was a symbol of the city's autonomy, begun in 1313 and completed in 1380.
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: This municipal tower was a symbol of the city's autonomy, begun in 1313 and completed in 1380.

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London, United Kingdom
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490 reviews 490 reviews
289 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

One of the most beautiful aspects of Ghent is the row of churches and cathedrals in its city centre. The Belfry is one of those churches. It stands proudly watching over the city and is a truly beautiful building. You can climb to the top for around 6 euro, and it's a decent climb. The steps get narrow in parts.... More 

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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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132 reviews 132 reviews
26 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Came into the Belfry and was meet bt a very nice chatty man ob the desk. We were told theres around 200 steps to the top, they do get very narrow in parts and very low ceiling on the last climb up. You stop off at each floor and has interesting facts on each floor to see. There is a... More 

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Ascot
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236 reviews 236 reviews
78 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

The obvious focal point to climb and survey this historic city with wonderful views all around. Interesting information and artefacts on every floor as you climb the spiral staircase (or use the lift - how on earth did they get that in there??). The main bell room is very fascinating and a great place to be when the bells start... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
33 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We found the most interesting aspect of this bell tower to be the short movie about bell-making on one of the levels in the tower, followed by waiting in the top level for the bells to sound and watching the various aspects of the machinery swing into operation. The views are also great and there are both stairs and a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Really old building towering above the city, presenting you with a perfect view of Gent. The tower itself is also beautiful. There's even an elevator, so don't fear the stairs!

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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

My husband and I popped into the Belfort for a visit as it broke up all the canal wandering and beer drinking and I have to say that we were pleasantly surprised. It was very interesting. It had a lift, so we did not have to do too many stairs. The gold dragon was great. My husband has been drinking... More 

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Kinross, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Fascinating historical bell tower with different themes on each level. The video showing how bells are made was a real revelation to me. Great views from the top. Can't help think it is overshadowed by the more famous sights in the city. It really "needs to ring its own bell(s)!"

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Belgrade, Serbia
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136 reviews 136 reviews
83 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

You must see it. Original gothic belfry with contemporary structure in the front. Great panorama provided from the top. Lovely to see, lovely to view from. Do not miss.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Climbing the stairs (or taking the elevator) up the belfry provides great views down into the historic city center. The top is great for photographs because there is no wire mesh or screen over the windows as there is with the Belfort in Bruges. The top of this tower can induce a bit of vertigo for those who are afraid... More 

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Corfe Castle, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I absolutely loved this visit. There is a lift to save tramping up lots of spiral stairs, though there are still some to do. We were fortunate to be allowed into the campanile at the same level as the clock faces. We were entertained with a bell concert- the bells are operated by a musician playing an organ like apparatus... More 

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