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The last days of 2012 I was in Ghent, took these picture of the Sheep stable and the nice Belfry
I do not want to comment on this building for the Belfry, I don't know of this is a profit for the city or a loss, both parties are always right in Ghent.

The 91-metre-high belfry of Ghent is one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city centre of Ghent, Belgium, the other two belonging to Saint Bavo Cathedral and Saint Nicholas' Church. It's height makes it the tallest belfry in existence. Through the centuries, it has served not only as a bell tower to announce the time and various warnings, but also as a fortified watchtower and town treasury.
Construction of the tower began in 1313 to the design of master mason Jan van Haelst, whose plans are still preserved in a museum. After continuing intermittently through wars, plagues and political turmoil, the work reached completion in 1380. It was near the end of this period that the gilded dragon, brought from Bruges, assumed its place atop the tower. The uppermost parts of the building have been rebuilt several times, in part to accommodate the growing number of bells.
The primary bell in the tower, Roland, was the one used by citizens to warn of an enemy approaching or a battle won. "Roland has become almost a person to the people of Belgium. He is a patriot, a hero, a leader in all rebellion against unrighteous authority." Upon conquering Belgium, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor ordered the removal of Roland. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow referred to Roland in one of his poems:

Sheep stable;

The city hall ( reads Sheep stable) is a construction of about 40 to 15 meters wide which is based on four concrete pedestals. The facades and roofs are clad in wood and features bring natural light through little holes. On roofs are glass tiles to protect the wood. Sitting in the base lifts, ventilation ducts, utilities for the underlying spaces and an open fireplace.

The city hall has two pointed roofs. This refers to the pointed roofs of the town hall. The altitude of the city hall ratio equivalent to the surrounding buildings.

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