Geraard de Devilsteen
Geeraard de Duivelsteen: a castle with a rich history
A castle built for a real knight, that’s Geeraard de Duivelsteen in Ghent. The castle was built in the thirteenth century for Geeraard Vilain, nicknamed Geeraard the Devil. Over the centuries, the building has had many functions. After a knight’s residence it became, among other things, an arsenal of weapons, a school, a monastery, a prison, a fire station and an insane asylum. Nowadays it is mainly a beautiful and impressive building to see and to dream away about bygone times.
A piece of history in the center of Ghent
You will find this special building in the center of Ghent, within walking distance of other interesting sights. Over the years, the building has not only had many different functions, but has also been extensively rebuilt and renovated a number of times. As a result, the entire shape of the thirteenth century castle is not recognizable anymore. However, the grandeur of the building is still intact. When you stand in front of the building you immediately see that this castle must have been very important in earlier times. The castle was of great importance in the defense of one of the oldest parts of Ghent.
Not always accessible
Unfortunately Geeraard de Duivelsteen is not always open to the public. It is of course always possible to admire the building from the outside. If you are in the center of Ghent, it is a small effort to walk past this impressive castle. Sometimes the castle is opened or events are organized in the castle, but otherwise admiring the facade is certainly worthwhile. Take a moment to reflect on this piece of history and fantasize about everything this building must have experienced before.