Gravensteen Castle: Not all those who live in a castle has a happy ever after!

During your childhood, you will hear fairy tale stories about prince and princess who live happily ever after in a castle. However, that is not quite true for Gravensteen Castle in Ghent, Belgium.

Gravensteen is a Dutch word meaning “Castle of the Counts”. Gravensteen Castle was built in 1180 by count Philip of Alsace to serve as the seat of the Counts of Flanders until its abandonment in the 14th century. It was then used as a courthouse and a prison.

In 1885, the city of Ghent renovated it, and in 1893, it was restored. This is what Gravensteen Castle looks like now.


Come and let me take you in the castle for a virtual tour!


This is the Arms Museum. Here, you will see harnesses and coats, pistols, swords, and other historical collection of arms used in medieval warfare.

Walk all the way up to the top of the castle to see the magnificent view of the city.

When you go back down the stairs, the way will lead you to the Museum of Judicial Objects. Here you will find torture devices which were used to force people to confess and be punished.

Basically, not all castles are a place for a “happy ever after”. However, it is worth to visit Gravensteen Castle if you are a fan of historical arms and weapons.


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