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Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)

Emile Braunplein, Ghent 9000, Belgium
09 233 07 72
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Ranked #6 of 114 Attractions in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Specialty Museums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Monuments/ Statues, Historic Sites
Description: This municipal tower was a symbol of the city's autonomy, begun in 1313 and completed in 1380.
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Ashburn, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

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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Frillesas, Sweden
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65 reviews 65 reviews
42 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Beautiful building, great views! To my relief there is a lift (after first flight of stairs) that takes you to the third floor where you can watch the carillion, that triggers the 40 bells that chime every 15 minutes. Fascinating mechanism and ancient! Nice view from the balcony around the third floor, but you can walk up one more flight... More

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Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Reasonable entry price and a great experience. There are around 50 or so steps till you reach the lift which takes you to 3 floors. Great views of Gent, experience the tolling of the Carillion bells and view the mechanism which controls the bells. Take your time and walk up the last flight of stairs at the quarter hour to... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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12 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

A visit to the Belfry is very worthwhile, not only for the history of this very interesting tower but also for the view from the Belfry across the historic centre. The stagger to the top goes around a spiral staircase, although if you're not inclined to walk up the 255 steps there is a lift/elevator that takes you up there... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The outside of building itself is worthy of a visit even if you don't visit the belfry itself. Be sure to note the sculpture on the exterior showing a daughter feeding her imprisoned father. The scenes from the top of the belfry are worth the climb (or elevator after the first floor) up the winding stairs. Every floor had displays... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Personally I love the Ghent Belfry more than the one in Bruges. The views from this one is as lovely and not blocked by a big wire fence! Plus there is usually no waiting line, have an elevator if you don't feel like walking all the stairs, and it's only 2euros for under 25. The dragon act as the guardian... More

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Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

This was ok but I wouldn't do it again. There is an elevator so if you are not too good with stairs you will be able to give it a go. The video about making the bell was interesting. The viewing platform at the top was slim so it was difficult with others up there. The belfry in Brugge was... More

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Boca Raton, FL
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

A must see while in Ghent! Climb the stairs or take the elevator but do go to the top of the Belfry and take in the views!

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

There are definitely plenty of steps, but the view is fantastic. I think plenty of people have made that statement. However, one thing I really enjoyed was watching the machinery work that made all the bells in the belfry play their amazing song. There is a "clock-o-matic" (yes, you can seriously find that name on it) which is fascinating to... More

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