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“Where Charles V was born in 1500”
Review of Prinsenhof

Prinsenhof
Ranked #58 of 176 things to do in Ghent
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near Ghent
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“Where Charles V was born in 1500”
Reviewed 27 June 2012

Sadly enough, from the site, there is only a gate that has been preserved. The rest of the buildings were all demolished in time.
Prince Charles V was the one whon induced the nickname 'Stroppendragers' (Hanging rope carriers) to the people of Ghent. Being stubborn (even then) the people of Ghent refused to pay taxes. So the story goes that he threatened 'to hang them'. Reaction of the people: ok, then we'll walk around with the rope around our necks. Of course hanging the whole population was impossible, so he took away most of the privileges from the city. If that hadn't happened, the town of Ghent would have been even more important (it was the second largest city in Europa at the time)

Visited October 2011
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“Same as Patershol, but far less tourists”
Reviewed 4 April 2012

West of the center, Prinsenhof feels more like a real neighbourhood. Less tourists, few restaurants. A butcher, a local pub, a baker. Great walks along the tiny river Lieve. Of the castle of Charles V, only one gatehouse is left. His statue is on the Prinsenhof Square, a very scenic place, but the bronze maquette of his castle was stolen, leaving an empty base. The Youth Hostel is also in this area.

Visited February 2012
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