Monuments

Monuments

Minard Theatre

In 1874, architect Louis Minard built a theatre for performances in Dutch. He did this at his own expenses as a reaction against the French-speaking playhouse and opera. The recently restored façade is a fine example of late classical architecture. Its plastered and painted surface is highlighted on the first floor by high arch windows with decorative tympana.

Walpoortstraat 15 - 9000 Gent
Pand

The name ‘Het Pand’ refers to the fully restored monastery of the Dominican Order. In the 13th century, the Count of Flanders gave the Dominican Order the hospital ‘Utenhave’ next to the Saint-Michael’s Church because it had become too small. A church was built in 1240 and in the first half of the 14th century, the fathers erected the ‘Leievleugel’.

Onderbergen 5 - 9000 Gent
Postgebouw korenmarkt

This former post office was built between 1898 and 1909 after a design by Louis Cloquet. The architectural style is eclecticism with neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance influences. The façade is abundantly decorated with statues and escutcheons. Besides statues that represent Belgium, Flanders and the Walloon provinces, the portraits of 23 former European heads of state are depicted in the façade. Above the main entrance at the Korenlei, the Belgian monarchs are depicted.

Korenmarkt - 9000 Gent
Saint-Anne's Church

In 1837, the construction of the railway line Ghent-Mechelen gave the go-ahead for the development of the ‘Zuidwijk’ (quarter in the centre of Ghent). The population started increasing rapidly. Theparish soon had 18000 memberswho needed a new big church as a replacement for the Saint-Anne’s Chapel. The church was built to the south of the Sint-Annaplein at the end of the Keizer Karelstraat.

 

Sint-Annaplein 1 - 9000 Gent
Saint-Peter's Church

This baroque church was built in 1629 after a design by Pieter Huyssens. It was built at the foundations of the Romanesque abbey church that was almost totally destroyed during the religious riots at the end of the 16th century. In 1722, the building works were completed.

Sint-Pietersplein - 9000 Gent
Vooruit

The ‘Vooruit’ was the gathering spot for the socialist labour movement. It was built between 1911 and 1914 after a design by architect Ferdinand Dierkens. He made use of the difference in height of twelve meters between the building and the Scheldt to divide the building in two different structures and to build the theatre hall and the cinema hall on two different floors.
Besides the excessive use of new materials and techniques like concrete, metal, glass and synthetic rock, the building also is a striking example of eclecticism. The ‘Vooruit’ knew its height of popularity during the interbellum period. Back then, many political meetings, gatherings of socialist movements and artistic activities were held.

Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23 - 9000 Gent
Stadhuis

Since 1301, the Ghent magistrate was composed of 13 aldermen of ‘Keure’who were in charge of the actual administration of the city and 13 aldermen who dealt with matters of inheritance and guardianship. Shortly after, the town council decided to purchase three premises at the Hoogpoort; the foundation of what was to be the current city hall complex. 

Botermarkt 1 - 9000 Gent
Gent Sint-Pieters railway station

In 1837, the first Ghent railway station was built to the south of the city. After, several other smaller railway stations were built for the transportation of goods from and to the harbour. Many of those stations were built as a terminus but after a while, the ever-increasing train traffic, caused the railway network to expand.

Maria Hendrikaplein - 9000 Gent
Saint-Michael's Chuch

During the 12th century, a chapel to the Holy Michael was situated at the area Overleie. Due to fire, this was destroyed by fire and reconstructed twice. In the beginning of the 15th century, the chutch had become and too small. In 1440, building works started at the new Gothic church. Nave and transept were completed in the beginning of the 16th century. During the religious riots of the early 16th century, the building works were.

Sint-Michielsplein - 9000 Gent
Saint-Jacob's Church

In 1093, a wooden church was built in the Ghent Waterwijk (quarter in Ghent). During the 12th century, it was replaced by a monumental stone church. During the last few centuries, the current tripodal church was restored and extended several times.

Bij Sint-Jacobs

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