Achtersikkel

Achtersikkel, Ghent: Address, Phone Number, Achtersikkel Reviews: 4/5

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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium25,864 contributions
Enchanting corner
Jan 2020
After visiting St Bavo's Cathedral we walked along Biezekapelstraat and stumbled upon this enchanting little courtyard, closed off from the street by a metal gate. Fortunately the gate was open so we could have a closer look at the beautifully restored remains of a medieval mansion to the right. The house was so prosperous it even had a private well at a time when there were only a handful of public wells in Ghent. The whole complex has been rebuilt and refurbished in the early 20th century to house a music academy. Enjoying the view on the spire of St Bavo's from the courtyard we could hear violin music through an open window. A magical moment!
Last year the well earned a modest place in Belgian crime history. A local guide thought it might be the hiding place of a missing panel of the famous medieval altarpiece ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’. The ‘Just Judges’ panel was stolen in 1934 and never resurfaced. The well was pumped out and its bottoms thoroughly explored, but the painting wasn’t found. So, the chase is still on!’
Written January 11, 2020
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Dan W
Portland, OR1,983 contributions
Old and Interesting
Jul 2019 • Solo
This tower is hundreds of years old and was originally part of the residence of a very rich man. I was told he build this tower because he so disliked being with other people, common people. WIth the tower in place he could go up to the top and view the city, take in the activities and not have to mingle to so so.
Written July 2, 2019
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jordanellie41
Bolton, UK836 contributions
QUIET LITTLE PICTURESQUE COURTYARD
Feb 2017
This is just a little courtyard but has a lot of history and dates back many years and has a lovely turrett and antique style buildings. It is now used as something different but still has it's exterior to view from the courtyard itself where you can buy a coffee and sit down to admire the peaceful surroundings and architecture.
Written March 1, 2017
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,284 contributions
On the way from Dampoort to St. Bavo.
Jan 2017 • Solo
The Achtersikkel is named after the rich patrician family Van der Sickele, long-time owner of the buildings around the square. The family had a high political and social prestige.The building served for different purposes for its long history, even it was the place for masonic lodge Les vrais amis. City of Gent bought this house and uses as a concert hall as I understood. But this place for residents mostly.
Written February 12, 2017
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AlexAndic
Belgrade, Serbia502 contributions
Quiet courtyard
Mar 2014 • Couples
Narrow S-shaped street up north from St Bavo's church leads to quiet courtyard surrounded by 14th and 15th century buildings.
Achtersikkel is named after the aristocratic Vander Sickelen family, which resided here for several centuries, and today there's Ghent’s conservatoire. The tall round tower has a renaissance style gazebo dating from 1566.
Written January 19, 2015
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