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Address: Emile Braunplein, Ghent 9000, Belgium

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It doesn't fit!

Ghent is a beautiful architectural wonder and just wandering the streets evokes a great sense of history and culture. That is true until you come across this edifice. It looks... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2016
Marilyn A
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Kitchener, Canada
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Brussels
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192 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

This colossal barn could provide shelter on a desert island but in the middle of Ghent, it’s a useless eyesore. It dwarfs the interesting old buildings that attract people to Ghent and ruins their pictures.

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Ghent, Belgium
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170 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Lots of people don't like - or even hate - this huge hall. And it is of course completely different than the historic buildings around it. But it nevertheless fits: the size, the sheer audacity, the materials. Allow the building to surprise you.

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Ghent, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

This is a huge mistake to put such an ugly stable between the historical towers of Ghent. I was several times in Ghent and before it was a parking wich was also not so good but it would be much better they putted an open green space where tourists could walk & talk & sit watching the nice inside of... More 

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Phnom Penh
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202 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

Looked at the place again in October 2015 and February 2016, I still find this the biggest blunder in our town. 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.This... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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250 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Ghent is a beautiful architectural wonder and just wandering the streets evokes a great sense of history and culture. That is true until you come across this edifice. It looks like it was plopped there and certainly didn't fit with it's surroundings in my opinion.

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Thank Marilyn A
Essex, United Kingdom
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448 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

When we went nothing much was there. Building is ok but nothing amazing. Wasn't at all bothered with this. Maybe it's better on certain days?

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Thank Ace28065
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

I love all kinds of architecture and had not expected anything particularly unusual in this building I had read about in the guide book but when you are actually standing in front of it you realize how wonderful it is and how HUGE. There's something dramatic and memorable about the composition.

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Thank Jane J
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

We passed this place several times on our walking tours of Ghent. Finally someone told us that it was an open air market. Sorry we missed the market but it is a beautiful, unique building...well worth seeing.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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48 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

Ghen broke my expectations, lots more than I thought! One day is not enough. .. but the magic is there for us to receive it

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Thank Agustina C
De Haan, Belgium
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150 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

It was raining and we sheltered with a couple of foreign students under the marvelous construction. Two of them were architecture and confirmed that the location was not well chosen .

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