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Castle of Gerald the Devil

Geeraard de Duivelsteen Gent Geeraard de Duivelsteen Gent

Castle of Gerald the Devil

Castle of Gerald the Devil

Castle of Gerald the Devil

Castle of Gerald the Devil

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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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Visitor’s guide Ghent

Visitor’s guide Ghent

1,000 years against the current

Geeraard de Duivelsteen

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