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Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)

Emile Braunplein, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Ranked #7 of 104 Attractions in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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116 reviews 116 reviews
15 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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
50 helpful votes 50 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Frillesas, Sweden
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65 reviews 65 reviews
42 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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