"Castle of the Counts" Gravensteen - Castle of the Counts Tip by ealgisi

Gravensteen - Castle of the Counts, Gent: 79 reviews and 188 photos

This castle was erected for Philip of Alsace, who was the count of Flanders from 1157 to 1191. The castle is designed more to impress the senses than as protection during battle. It replaced three other houses, the first of which was built at this location in 867 by Baldwin Iron Arm, known for flexing his political muscle by marrying one of Charles the Bolds French daughters, whether he or she wanted it or not.

The castle was incrementally expanded as Philip needed to continue to impress the people around him. This sort of thing can only go on so long, and by 1353 it had been abandoned. The castle was then used as a prison until the 1800's when it became a textile factory. The government got its hands on it in 1887 and did what governments do -- it started taking the castle apart.

When the World Exhibition came around 30 years later, the building was hastily
re-assembled. Today it serves as a museum and arts facility.

Take your time to visit this beauty, there's a big room about ancient tourtures, weapons and armours

Admittance fee is EUR. 6

Address: Sint-Veerleplein 11, 9000 Gent,
Phone: 09-225-9306
Website: http://www.gent.be

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 2, 2007
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