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Castle of Gerald the Devil

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Castle of Gerald the Devil

Castle of Gerald the Devil

Castle of Gerald the Devil

Castle of Gerald the Devil

Despite the name and its grim appearance, the devil has never resided in this 13th-century fortress. Through the centuries, it has been used as a knights’ residence, an arsenal, a monastery, a school and a bishop’s seminary. In 1623, it became a madhouse for the mentally ill and a home for male orphans. Another part of the building was used as a prison or detention centre. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, it has been home to the State Archives.

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Contact

Geeraard de Duivelsteen

Geraard de Duivelstraat 1
9000 Gent
Tel.: +32-92251338
Fax: +32-92255201
Op het stadsplan: D4

Publicatie

Visitor’s guide Ghent

Visitor’s guide Ghent

1,000 years against the current

Geeraard de Duivelsteen

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