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In the 12th century a castle was built in Flanders, west Belgium in the city now known as Ghent. Gravensteen Castle (Castle of the Counts, Flemish translation), initially served as the seat of government for the Counts of Flanders.

The Counts abandoned their castle after a few hundred years and Gravensteen was turned over for use as a courthouse, a prison, and even a factory. Structures were built up against its walls and stones from the castle walls were used in their construction. The Castle itself fell into disrepair and it was scheduled for demolition by the end of the 19th century.

Fortunately for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who now visit annually, Gravensteen was saved from demolition by a major renovation project  The main floor is now a museum with some of the torture devices that were applied on prisoners.

But my favourite area of the Castle is the roof, where one can see the beautiful skyline of Ghent, with its medieval flavor.

Gravensteen Castle, Ghent Belgium

Skyline of beautiful Ghent, Belgium