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Identification

Gravensteen
244389

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Structure in General

castle
existing [completed]
masonry
applied masonry

Usages

museum

Facts

  • Count Arnulf I (918-965) reconstructed the fortress to a predecessor of the today’s castle.
  • The first fortress built on this spot under rule of Count Baudouin I (863/4-879), served as a protection against the Vikings.
  • Under Count Robert the Frisian (1071-1093), a donjon of 33m long and 18.8m wide and three floors became the center of the fortress.
  • Count Philip of Alsace (1168-1191) rebuilt the site and constructed new ramparts with 24 towers and an impressive entrance gate.
  • According to Count Louis of Male (1346-1384), the fortress lacked comfort and a new residence, ‘Prinsenhof’(where emperor Charles V was born on February 24 1500) was built.
  • From 1353 until 1778 several governmental functions operated in this castle.
  • From 1807 to 1887 the castle functioned as an industrial plant for textile production.
  • The first reparations started in 1888 and all redundant buildings were removed.
  • From 1907 the castle is accessible to visitors and has a weapon and justice museum.

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Location

Sint-Veerleplein
Sint-Veerleplein
9000
Gent
Flemish Region
Belgium

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  • One of the city's famous buildings
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