Lakenhalle (Cloth Hall), Ghent

Lakenhalle (Cloth Hall), Ghent (must see)

In the Middle Ages, Ghent was already a major commercial city, renowned primarily for its textile industry. The decline of the latter in the first half of the 15th century prompted the construction of a new, spacious indoor textile market. The venue turned out to be overly commodious for the market and demanded co-tenants to share the space. The Sint-Michiels fencing guild showed interest in the upper floors which they used as sports halls. This 17th-century guild still occupies part of the building. The building’s façade reveals all sorts of Gothic style decorations chiseled in soft sand-lime brick, which is much easier to work in than grey limestone.

Tip:
Visiting the Cloth Hall is free; the belfry, however, is not.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm

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Lakenhalle (Cloth Hall) on Map

Sight Name: Lakenhalle (Cloth Hall)
Sight Location: Ghent, Belgium
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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