Over the centuries, one of the greatest patrons of the arts was the Catholic Church. On his order they created the most distinguished artists. Despite the anti-Christian turmoil that swept through Europe, such as riots or iconoclasts French Revolution, today we can admire in the many churches the great sculptures, paintings, robes, and liturgical vessels. They represent sacred art. One of the finest examples of stained-glass windows. Real paintings on glass. Often they are having the character of not only religious but also secular. You can watch them in addition to the biblical scenes and coats of arms of donors as important to the city or country. These great works of art are often hundreds of years.
Belgians drink for pleasure, for companionship, not to get drunk. Drinking beer is one of the passions of the Belgians. Especially it is practiced in coffee shops, pubs, a group of friends. At the beginning of the twentieth century in the country, there were more than 3000 breweries, most of the towns and villages had their brew. Unfortunately, World War II brought about a significant decrease in the number of breweries. Currently, across the country produced approximately 500 different beers, which still is an impressive result. Most importantly, the amount goes for the quality. Belgian beers over the years have won awards around the world. Such as Gouden Carolus, brewed in Mechelen, four times winner of the prize for the best beer in the world or a Blanche de Namur, which won the award for best lager in the world.
Interference nr. 1
During the journey channels enamored of boats filled with tourists arrive built in the fifteenth century, locks fortified Rabot. The beauty of this interesting defensive structure breaks down large housing estate, located just behind the historic lock. They were built probably in the period when it is not tied too much importance to the protection of monuments and all the space around them.
When taking photos, no matter how hard you try odious blocks are in a frame. Perhaps many will say that after all the inhabitants of Ghent have to live somewhere, but I ask, why here?. My aesthetic sense tells me that something is not right here, but I'm afraid to propose to the authorities of Ghent to unnecessary demolished buildings, because something seems to me that it could be considered that in this place do not need is the lock Rabot.
Interference nr. 2
While the issue sluice Rabot to the distant past, let us recognize reckless conduct, so much building in the historic center of the city, between the magnificent churches, town hall and cloth hall, something that according to the authors is a fine example of modern architecture, and in my opinion a simple interference in the historic area of the old city is pure scandal. This modern monster or as the will of the creator, multi-purpose pavilion, it is an example of how the authorities of Ghent do not care about the historical legacy of this wonderful medieval town.
The 2012, during my first visit to Ghent, I have witnessed the emergence of this monster. It occurred to me then thought, why build here something so ugly, but soon himself replied that it was for a while. It calmed me and I could venture further this wonderful city. In the 2014 during my next visit I realized how wrong I was. Monster further happened, because the government probably considered that the work of contemporary masters of architecture is to survive the next century. I would like to be well understood, I know that this building was built not just to annoy people, that this architecture can someone please, but you could still put it in another place.
Strolling the streets located a little further from the center, I came across two toilets. As far as the first, the dog I found a very interesting solution to help keep clean the streets of the city, it is for some people surprised me.
These toilets are not for me to answer. And it should be noted that their creators forgot about women, because it is the only solution for men. Qualities visually fragrances doubtful. The idea for the toilet failed. Well, unless I'm wrong and this is a shower or a mini bus stop ?.
Returning to the city authorities, the renewed I must express my surprise, they acknowledged that, contrary to logic, that the creation of one of the streets adjacent to the town hall area graffiti is a good idea. If one of the works, probably the only one that adorned the walls, and not marred, it was interesting, it reflects the state of mind the rest of the decision makers, who gave permission for the existence of this dubious attractions.
In all fairness it must be admitted that not all residents of Ghent are happy with such a large tourist traffic. Some mind omnipresent noise and crowds of tourists, which appear in different ways, such as hanging banners with slogans expressing reluctance to tourists. Others hang on the walls of works that are probably scare the tourists. Personally, I understand the fatigue of some locals in Krakow know what crowds of tourists, but the conduct of the authorities of the city can not understand.
I did this until my Belgian colleague pointed out to me that not the French and Belgians invented french frise because no french fries and belgian fries. And so the logic meant that I now use the names of belgian fries, although probably no one understands.
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