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The Gravensteen Castle

Castles in Europe

Gravensteen Castle

Gravensteen Castle The Gravensteen (Castle of the counts) in Ghent was build in 1180 by Philip of Alsace, who was count of Flanders. He was inspired by the castles that he saw while he was participating in the Second Crusad. The cross on the front wall is still a reminder of Philip of Alsace’s devotion.
In the 14th century the castle was abandoned by the counts of Flanders. After it was used as a courthouse and a prison the castle decayed. In 1885 the city of Ghent purchased the castle and renovated it completely.

View location in Ghent, Belgium


Hi Juka! You have been making a great tour of Ghent for our benefit. Excellent posts and wonderful pictures!! The only problem is the traditional colour of the sky... ;))

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The castle is really beautiful. Great thing that the gov"t was able to rehabilitate the castle. Now its more beautiful and used for a tourist attraction. Good thing I was able to crawl your post, for I'm really looking for old castle that I can used for my blog. Thanks for sharing.