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Belfry, Ghent Belgium

I spent a few days in the more than beautiful city of Ghent.

On the right you see the town hall and straight ahead the 95m high belfry, which is ...
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I spent a few days in the more than beautiful city of Ghent.

On the right you see the town hall and straight ahead the 95m high belfry, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999.

Building the belfry was started in 1313. The top has undergone a lot of changes, the first top was wooden and dates back to 1377-1380. During the following centuries it was changed regularly until it was fitted with a neogothic spire in 1851. The World Exhibition of 1913 triggered a competition for the design of a new spire, especially since the old one was decayed already. Valentin Vaerwyck won it with a design based on the one dating back to the Middle Ages. Works had to be done fast and the spire ended up having a lot of defects (the neverending story of the tower), to the attachment of the stone body and the new stone bellhousing amongst other things. Renovations were effected in 1967 and 1980 for this.

Left of the Belfry you can see the Cloth Hall (building started in 1425) and the building in front of the Belfry is de Mammelokker (1741) where the prison wardens stayed (the prison was in part of the Cloth Hall).
The Belfry is in a very prominent place in between the Saint Nicolaschurch and the Saint Bavo Cathedral. They make a nice picture seen from the bridge over the Leie.

The Belfry is not a churchtower, as quite a few people think, but the symbol of urban freedom in the Middle Ages and housed the city privileges. Clock Roeland, the Ghent storm clock, also arranged the working time in the city.
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Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm f-2.8G NED, @ 31 mm (ff-eq 31 mm), 3 s, f-13, ISO 100 no flash.
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"Mijn Werk aan uw Muur"-"My work on your Wall"
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15 Comments | Report
reginaldgargaro67
 
reginaldgargaro67 October 26, 2017
wonderful capture :~))
Pjerry
Pjerry October 27, 2017
Thanks, It was a bit dangerous, traffic and buses.... but during this picture it was - as a mirracle -completely "extinct". It was my "real" first time at Gent and I love it there very much. Much more beautiful than the more favous Brugge (IMO). But visit both.... and don't forget the Netherlands ;) .
Alfredo_Jose
 
Alfredo_Jose October 29, 2017
Beautiful work!
Pjerry
Pjerry October 29, 2017
Thank you so much.
sigridbh
 
sigridbh October 29, 2017
Perfect shot of the Belfry - the night sky, the lights, the surrounding old buildings, the wet street and the clock tower as a centerpiece !
Pjerry
Pjerry October 29, 2017
Thank you very much, for your very kind comment
Pjerry
Pjerry October 29, 2017
I see you have been to Belgium/Ghent/Brussels too. There are a lot of very interesting cities in northern part of France, Belgium and The Netherlands. I'm very glad you like it.
MJLara
 
MJLara November 02, 2017
Beautiful nightshot! Tremendous arquitecture!!!
Pjerry
Pjerry November 03, 2017
Not as famous as Brugge, but because of its high concentration of very beautiful buildings (and because of less tourists) I do like Ghent much more. It's such a beautiful place, I was dancing in the streets....
MJLara
 
MJLara November 03, 2017
I like to imagine you dancing in the streets:)
Pjerry
Pjerry November 05, 2017
Hihi, Come to The Netherlands and I will show you ;)
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz November 07, 2017
Beautiful image!
Pjerry
Pjerry November 08, 2017
Tank you very much. I'm very pleased with this one.
Neilmac Platinum
 
Neilmac November 12, 2017
Your control of the light is brilliant, perfect exposure,get depth of field.
Thanks Neil.
Pjerry
Pjerry November 12, 2017
Thank you very much, what a great compliment.
Houndog
 
Houndog November 21, 2017
Superb !!
Pjerry
Pjerry November 21, 2017
Thank you very much Alfie, much appreciated.
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Pamelabole January 19, 2018
Beautiful night shot, and great history of the Belfry!! : )
Pjerry
Pjerry January 21, 2018
;) thx
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Joviaal January 28, 2020
Heel mooi plaatje, juiste moment en genomen vanuit een perfecte positie.
Pjerry
Pjerry February 22, 2020
Inderdaad het juiste moment, ik ben meerdere keren weg moeten vluchten omdat er bussen en ander verkeer aankwamen. Maar de doorzetter overwon.
Pjerry
Pjerry February 22, 2020
Dank voor het compliment. (mijn enter was te snel).
sigridbh
 
sigridbh May 04, 2020
Great night capture - thank you for joining my Old Tower challenge. Good luck !
Pjerry
Pjerry May 04, 2020
Thank you too. Nice challenge.
gman176
 
gman176 October 05, 2020
Superb composition! Beautiful lighting, clarity and details
Pjerry
Pjerry October 12, 2020
Wow, thank you for your very kind comment.
enriquekapie Platinum
 
enriquekapie November 07, 2020
Prachtig lijnenspel een geweldige pov gekozen
Pjerry
Pjerry November 07, 2020
Paar keer snel wegrennen omdat straat en rails nog volledig in gebruik zijn. Uiteindelijk gelukt. Ik vind Gent mooier dan Brugge. Brugge is net te toeristisch.
gaschenf Ultimate
 
gaschenf June 06, 2023
Pierre - It's a Tony the Tiger shot - GGGRRREAT! Great tonal range and realistic colors for a night shot!
Pjerry
Pjerry Feb 05
What a fantastic comment Fred, thank you for that!!!
vitor Platinum
 
vitor September 10, 2023
marvelous atmosphere
Pjerry
Pjerry Feb 05
Many thanks Vitor.
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