Photographer's Note

The Graslei is the name of a street which lies along the banks of the old harbor of Ghent, right in the middle of the city. Graslei means 'street of the herbs and vegetables'. The name indicates that these specific products where traded or stocked in that area.

The 'SPIJKER' (right on the picture, with white parasol) is the oldest house at the Graslei. It dates from the end of the 12th, beginning of the 13th century. In this house, the wheat that ships transported via Ghent had to be stocked for two or three weeks. This was due to the fact that Gent had received the privilege to stock grain and wheat in the SPIJKER to have reserves in times of famine.

On the left side of the Spijker stands the first 'GRAIN COUNTERS HOUSE' and next to it the 'ANGEL' with its beautiful renaissance facade.

The tower left is part of the former Post office (1909), an eclectic building by Lous Cloquet with neo-classicist and neo-gothical elements.

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