As we strolled around Ghent all day today, I was struck by the joyous anarchy of its architecture. Yes, you could say there was a basic Flemish style to all the façades and rooflines and spires, but that style was merely a jumping off point for convention shattering imagination. One of the most interesting cities we've visited.
St. Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium, is home to the spectacular Ghent Altarpiece. But it also has some very nice windows and a nice organ. I really love how the pipes are hung high on the wall in many medieval churches. It makes them part of the architecture and decoration, instead of a mere musical instrument, no?
We spent a month driving around Belgium in the spring of 2014.
I remember thinking as we were walking around Ghent that it was a “poor man's Bruges.” But that's selling it way short. It's beautiful in its own right, and it benefits from having significantly fewer tourists than Bruges. Which we always like.
And, there's the Ghent Altarpiece, made famous in the book and movie The Monuments Men (which I highly recommend, btw. The book, not the movie. The movie was ok, but if you really like history of art, get the book.)
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