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Ghent was first a Celtic settlement; in the Middle Ages, Ghent grew through the flourishing cloth trade as one of Europe's largest cities and a major trade center on the continent. After a short period of decline, Ghent was one of the most industrialized cities in mainland Europe toward the end of the eighteenth …
Maldegem, Belgium, or as the locals call it, "de Loyale," is a town in the southwest corner of the Belgian province of East Flanders, just south of the border with the Netherlands. It is situated in the Meetjesland, "Old Wives Land." The region is said to have received its name when Charles Quint, who was known for his …
Geraardsbergen is a small town located in the Denderstreek and Flemish Ardennes in the province of East-Flanders. It is located on the flanks of the Oudenberg Hill, a pre-Christian place of worship, according to local tradition. Because of its strategic location among the medieval duchies of Flanders, Hainaut, and …