"Het Rabot" Het Rabot - City Gate Tip by speed4turtles
Het Rabot - City Gate, Gent: 6 reviews and 9 photos
This former city stronghold stands at the point where the River Lieve crossed the city moat. This area was a weak spot in the city's defences and, in 1488, Maximilian of Austria exploited this weakness to capture Ghent.
After a siege of 40 days, the imperial army was forced to retreat. Subsequently, the city governors decided to build a stronghold with two towers which also served as a sluice on the Lieve. This gave rise to the name 'rabot', a corruption of the French word 'rabattre', which alludes to the lowering of the beams in the water.
The building work started in 1489 and was completed in 1491.
The two towers have an impressive truss and they flank another building in the middle which is above the water.
As time went by, the Rabot became redundant as a stronghold. It has since been used respectively as an ammunition depot, an icehouse, and a centre for collecting municipal patents.
In 1860, a section of the Rabot was demolished in order to widen the passageway over the Lieve. The building has recently been restored and set aside for cultural purposes.
Address: Begijnhoflaan 9000 Gent
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