Nom de Plumage

June 30, 2013

Ghent and The Adoration of the Lamb

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A medieval city on the cusp of major rebuilding, I arrive in this large city somewhat surprised with all the scaffolding and upheaval. It is a Monday and unbeknownst to me, all museums and places of interest is closed. The only option I have is to walk through the city and explore and visit a few more chocolate shops and shopping precincts.

 

I said my goodbye’s to Cherry this morning and promised to meet up again soon in London when I eventually get over there in a few weeks time. She mentioned before she left about a famous painting by the Van Eyck brother’s and told me to visit it. Honestly, I have never heard of this painting, being the painter enthusiast that I am; and went in search of it once I arrived. It was not hard to find and it is in a beautiful cathedral within the main town square. For a small entrance fee of four euros, I walk through glass doors to an enclosed glass room and there before me, is the large painting coveted by Hitler. Thankfully, it was known that he was after it and was hidden. After seeing so many religious paintings in Italy, I was not sure that I was ready to view another, but this painting is special. Painted on wooden panels and depicting scenes other than the crucifixion or birth of Jesus, this painting is of bright colours and beautiful scenes with knights and ordinary folk, Adam and Eve, priests and angelic women. Well worth the visit.

 

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Back in Brussels, I discover (to my surprise) a beautiful area that comprises of palaces, museums and a park. It intrigues me, considering that this is the ‘ugliest city in europe” and yet, there are hints of something special. I enjoy exploring this part and find some hidden wonders (and not all chocolate shops) of more parks, cathedrals and a stunning building at the ned of a boulevard, that has a great view overlooking the city. Never found out what the building was because it looked abandoned and very old. I can appreciate that all cities of the world have beautiful parts and parts that bring shame, even the mighty Paris has many ugly parts; but I believe unfairly, that Brussels has been given a title that may just be unfair. Oh well, who am I to judge! I have enjoyed my stay and tomorrow I am bound for Paris once again.

 

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The Ghent Altarpiece (wings open)

The Ghent Altarpiece (wings open) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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