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Ghent is located in Flanders, in the northern Flemish-speaking part of Belgium. With around a quarter of a million people, it is a magnet for young people who want the feel of a city without the crowdedness of Brussels and Antwerp. Your Campanile Gent/Gand hotel is but 5 km from the city centre and 3km from the train station.
Archaeological evidence shows that humans have been residing in the region as far back as the Stone and Iron Ages. Many historians believe that the old name for Ghent, Ganda, comes from the same Celtic word meaning confluence. Once a Roman territority, the entire region was invaded by the Franks in the 4th and 5th centuries. Two abbeys were founded in the city in the 7th century and from the 11th century onwards, Ghent flourished as a major European city (the second largest in all of Europe after Paris). Throughout the Middle Ages the city was known for its cloth, but its trade suffered during the Hundred Years' War. Devastated during the 16th and 17th century religious wars, Ghent's textile industry flourished once again in the 18th and 19th centuries.