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Ghent’s Unesco-listed 14th-century belfry (91m) is topped by a large dragon weathervane: he's become something of a city mascot. You’ll meet two previous dragon incarnations on the 350-stair climb to the top; there are elevators to help some of the way. Enter through the Lakenhalle, Ghent's cloth hall that was left half-built in 1445 and only completed in 1903. Hear the carillon at 11.30am Fridays and 11am on summer Sundays.

Other than some bell-making exhibits, the real attraction here is the view.

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1. Stadhuis

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2. Sint-Baafskathedraal

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3. The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb

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4. Werregarenstraat

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5. Statue of Van Eyck Brothers

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6. Korenmarkt

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7. Geeraard de Duivelsteen

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8. Graslei

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