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Postcard from Ghent

Postcard from Ghent
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Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11549 W: 123 N: 29379] (138524)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-09-30
Categories: Architecture
Exposure: f/0.2, 1/21 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2016-10-09 0:42
Viewed: 2032
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I planned to post a more original picture from Ghent, but strange enough no one climbed the tower in Ghent in last few years. So it is not so classic picture as it could seem.

High towers built in the heart of urban areas, often dominating the principal square, the belfries are essential elements in the organization and representation of the towns to which they belong. The site inscribed on the World Heritage List comprises 33 belfries located in Belgium (26 in Flanders and 7 in Wallonia) and 23 belfries located in northern France.
A symbolic element in the landscape in ancient Netherlands and the north of France, the belfry represents, in the heart of urban areas, the birth of municipal power in the Middle Ages. A practical building housing the communal bells, conserving charters and treasures, where city council meetings were held, serving as a watch tower and a prison, the belfry has, over the centuries, become the symbol of power and prosperity of the communes.
The belfries are, together with the market hall, significant representatives of civil and public architecture in Europe.

So many belfries and I climbed only a few!
The 91-metre-tall belfry of Ghent is one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city centre of Ghent, Belgium, the other two belonging to Saint Bavo Cathedral and Saint Nicholas' Church. Its height makes it the tallest belfry in Belgium. The belfry of Ghent, together with its attached buildings, belongs to the set of belfries of Belgium and France inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.Construction of the tower began in 1313 after a design by master mason Jan van Haelst. His plans are still preserved in the Ghent City Museum. After continuing intermittently through wars, plagues and political turmoil, the work reached completion in 1380. It was near the end of this period that the gilded dragon, brought from Bruges, assumed its place atop the tower. The uppermost parts of the building have been rebuilt several times, in part to accommodate the growing number of bells.

Better to see beta version.

A bit of vertigo? One can look . almost straight down

a view in other direction

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Bonjour, chère Malgo,
Cette vue plongeante sur la ville est magnifique. Cela donne un peu le vertige également.
L'on prend plaisir à regarder les détails des édifices.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11388 W: 163 N: 19106] (140915)
  • [2016-10-09 1:30]

Czesc Malgosiu!
Znowy sie wdrapalas...
Lubie takie widoki.
Ladny kadr i kolorystyka.
Piekny kosciol.
Milej niedzieli.
U mnie pada i z rowerka nici :(
Krzysztof i G.

Hello Malgo,
Spectacular panorama of Ghent center. I remember the city well, I had a great time there. Well taken.
Enjoy a beautiful day.


Hello Malgo,
I sense a certain frustration in your note that you didn't climb the 56 belfries of Belgium and northern France ;-). But at least you managed to capture these nice views of Ghent with a lot of fine buildings and a few not quite as beautiful. The city looks rather grey, maybe partly because of the dull weather. The light is still well handled and the photo has a fine clarity.
Kind regards,

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10894 W: 57 N: 18836] (70460)
  • [2016-10-09 2:48]

Hello Malgo,
I have been to Ghent twice, but never climbed the tower, I wonder why... especially now I see what wonderful views you get from this POV. The church looks majestic and is surrounded so wonderfully by the old town houses and their charming facades.

Hello Malgo,
You have found an excellent point of view from this belfry. I like the placement of the church head-on; it makes a wonderful focal point and guides us further into the scene. Excellent colours and clarity despite the grey sky. Interesting note about the history of Belfries in that part of Europe.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 26033 W: 522 N: 44528] (189937)
  • [2016-10-09 3:09]

Hello Malgo,

Reply to my picture the canal Bruges Sluis where the Mississippi boat sails to Damme, formerly was no interruption, the two other canals that crossing the Damme canal went both under it canal Bruges Sluis, this is the name SIPHON.
A canal which passes underneath another channel is a siphon.

Thank you very much for the interesting note about Ghent.
We get a lovely picture about the city with the St-Nicholas church and the roof of the sheep barn, on your second picture.
My first picture on TE was the same picture but a very small image, then was TE new for me
Very well done.

Have a nice Sunday,

Hello Malgo,
Despite the dull sky you managed to take a clear, beautiful and sharp picture.
So strange that you told me that you didn't enjoy Ghent too much. I believe that for many people this city is one of the highlights of a visit of Belgium.
Best regards, Paul

Excellent panoramic view and a distinct sight of details, Malgo.
High perspective above town houses with the cathedral and its tower dominating the scene.
My cong.'s for that sharp image.
Good afternoon,

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2016-10-09 6:16]

Dear Malgo
Great POV from the tower giving a real bird's eye view of this beautiful city. I remember they allowed to get up the Bell tower of the cathedral as well from where you can get a fine view of the square
Lovely shot & hope you are doing great!
Best Regards

Ciao Malgo,

J'ai l'impression que tu as fait un très beau voyage en Belgique. Tu as eu aussi un très bon guide pour la circonstance. Le point de vue sur élevé est superbe pour mettre en vedette cette église de toute beauté.

Bon dimanche


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  • ifege Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1484 W: 79 N: 4222] (19751)
  • [2016-10-09 9:06]

Hi Malgo
Great shot of my favourite Belgium town. Hope you enjoyed a local beer or 2.

Hola Malgo, muy buena vista de esta interesante y bonita ciudad, muy bien compuesta y captada en esta buena y bonita fotografia. Una interesante imagen, con buena nitidez, profundidad, luz, color y calidad. Muy buen y bonito trabajo perfectamente realizado, mis felicitaciones amiga mia. Gracias por compartir este interesante trabajo.

Buena noche y feliz comienzo de semana.
Todo lo mejor desde el sur de España.

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4685 W: 2 N: 8500] (40906)
  • [2016-10-09 14:20]

Czesc Malgo
czy masz mozliwosc umieszczania 3 dodatkowych zdjec w WS? - wtedy z kazdej wiezy bylby widok na cztery strony swiata, a tak jest tylko na 3 ;)
Swietna relacja z wysokiego poziomu, ciekawych widokow tam zatrzesienie.

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  • edge Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 753 W: 34 N: 2205] (7409)
  • [2016-10-09 19:40]

Hello Malgo, My hat is off to you for getting up a level or so and taking this fine photo of this beautiful city. Alas when you ae on a cruise, you go where the tour guide moves you to, and the few minutes you have for your own wants is not sufficient to climb the highest mountain or building .So I bought some Belgian chocolate instead. So you are a good traveler and a good photographer, but you keep very busy. I am a firm believer that the best photos of a city are their roofs and you have done that here. Again, this is a great shot. Warmest Regards.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15362 W: 0 N: 16877] (186776)
  • [2016-10-09 23:45]


Fantastique vue du ciel quel rendu sur tous ces édifices ces clochers ces maison ces tours ces toits quelle vue le rue avec le tram la circulation les personnages en tout petite superbe.
Bravo et amitié

Hi Malgo
WOW superbe POV encore beaucoup de marches :-)
C'est tout simplement fantastique, les WS sont belles aussi, magnifique photo
belle soirée là ou tu es :-)

Ciao cara Malgo, great POV on fantastic architectures, fine details, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4119 W: 0 N: 9820] (66923)
  • [2016-10-12 8:31]

Jeszcze tego nie komentowalem chociaz komentarz nie jest potrzebny, super zdjecie
pozdrawiam Ryszard

Hello Malgo.
Superb this great panoramic, guess from the tower of St. Bavo, it hurts so gray day, reduce the brightness of such a beautiful place.
Magnificent management brightness and sharpness.
Very well seen and well taken.
Have a nice day.
Best wishes.

Hi Malgo
well, i'm very glad you climbed it, i would be right there with you too.

its actually a little strange seeing Ghent with water canals or water ways with boats :) So this is quite interesting.
obviously the Cathedral in the lower fg is a great focal point, but i enjoy investigating the city streets and buildings too. lots to keep us going

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