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Graslei, Ghent (© Eupedia.com)
Graslei in Ghent, East Flanders.

Introduction

East Flanders is a province of Flanders, one of the three regions of Belgium. It borders on (clockwise from the North) the Netherlands and the Belgian provinces of Antwerp, Flemish Brabant, Hainaut and West Flanders. Its capital is Ghent.

It has a surface area of 2991 km˛, a population of 1,361,000 inhabitants, and is divided into six administrative districts (arrondissementen in Dutch) which contain 65 municipalities.

Famous people born in the province of East Flanders include (chronologically): Emperor Charles V, the cartographer Gerardus Mercator, the Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta, and the chemist Leo Baekeland (inventor of the Bakelite).


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History

Arms of the County of Flanders

In Medieval times, half of the modern province (everything north and west of the River Scheldt) belonged to the much wider County of Flanders, comprising also the totality of the province of West Flanders as well as the northern half of the Nord department in France. The castle of the Counts of Flanders has always been located in Ghent.

Attractions

Ghent
Belfry, Ghent (© Eupedia.com)
must-see Ghent
Ooidonk Castle
Castle of Ooidonk (photo by Donar Reiskoffer - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
outstanding Ooidonk Castle
Aalst
Town square, Aalst (© Eupedia.com)
good Aalst

Geraardsbergen
Original Manneken Pis in Geraardsbergen (photo by Donar Reiskoffer - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
good Geraardsbergen (Grammont)
Oudenaarde
Oudenaarde (photo by PMRMaeyaert - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
good Oudenaarde (Audenarde)

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