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‘Ghent - a project for 1913’

Since the bad weather continues in Belgium, I go back to a sunny picture of last autumn. The photo was taken in the early morning. It was pretty cold but the sun lit up the building of the old post office very nicely.

I hesitated to show this picture because of the many tram wires in the sky.
For a moment I considered to crop them away. But thinking of the time necessary for that work, I realized there’s also life outside TE :)
So here it is, including all the wires. With a little imagination they can be wished away :)

Information translated from https://inventaris.onroerenderfgoed.be/dibe/relict/25159 and from http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oud_Postkantoor_(Gent) :

The Old Post Office of Ghent is situated in the historic center at the Korenmarkt (Corn Market).
The building was constructed between 1898 and 1910 for the World Exhibition of 1913. It was designed by the architects Louis Cloquet and Stéphane Mortier.

A beautiful storehouse in Louis XIV style that was standing in the same place, was demolished to make place for this post office.

It is built in an eclectic style with predominantly neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance influences. On the picture you see a beautiful octagonal tower with a conical spire and a gallery. The 52 meter high clock tower is also a distinct element in the skyline of the historic city center.

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