The St. Nicholas Church is located in the heart of the city. It replaced a Romanesque church that was built on this location. Construction began in the early 13th century in Scheldt Gothic style. Typical for this style is the blue-grey stone from the Tournai area that was brought up the river Scheldt to Gent and the large tower of the church. The St. Nicholas church was the church of the rich merchants and guilds who carried out their businesses nearby.