The Gravensteen (the Counts’ Castle) is one of Ghent’s most iconic landmarks. Built in the 12th century, this castle served as the seat for the Counts of Flanders for a few centuries until they moved out, at which point the castle became a court and a prison.
Interestingly enough, the castle appears more medieval today than when it was first built. There were talks of destroying the castle in the 19th century, but instead it was renovated. New roofing, windows, houses, etc. were also added later in preparation for the 1913 Word Exhibition.
Today, the castle is a major tourist attraction and a popular locale for school field trips. Tours are given of the interior, showcasing the castle’s old floors and walls, armored knights, torture chambers, and more. A bit campy, perhaps, but beautiful nonetheless.