Gravensteen is a castle in Ghent originating from the Middle Ages. It is the most visited tourist monument of the city. It was built by Earl Philips in 1180 as a symbol of his power. Later, when the building was to be used as a court, courtrooms, offices and dungeons were added to it. In the 19th century, the castle became an industrial complex where, among others, textile factories were established. When these companies later moved to the city's suburbs, Gravensteen began to fall nito neglect. The revaluation came only at the end of the 19th century, when the castle was restored.

Today, an extensive collection of weapons, instruments of torture and other objects of the court can be admired in the castle.

For admission and openings hours, please take a look at :

B- 9000 Gent
tel. +32 (0)9 225 93 06