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Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)

Address: Emile Braunplein, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Phone Number: 09 233 07 72
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Ranked #6 of 100 Attractions in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Specialty Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
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, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
Owner description: This municipal tower was a symbol of the city's autonomy, begun in 1313 and completed in 1380.

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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The belfry is a common site in Belgian cities and this one, as the others do, dominates the skyline of Ghent. We decided to climb the tower to get a nice view of Ghent. It was very cheap and very interesting - on every floor, there was information about the role of the belfry etc. And a bell demonstration when... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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212 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The Belfry and Cloth Hall are amongst the main attractions of Ghent. The belfry was built in 1380 and restored in the 19th century. You can climb to the top of it and on each level are some interesting historical displays. Towards the top you can see the carrillon as well as an ancient dragon statue that used to sit... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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537 reviews 537 reviews
319 attraction reviews
217 helpful votes 217 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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136 reviews 136 reviews
27 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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67 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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116 reviews 116 reviews
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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87 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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