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The Book Tower: towering knowledge on the Blandijnberg

From the monks of the St. Peter's Abbey to the professors in the Book Tower.

Visit the belvedere of the Book Tower and soak up the atmosphere of this fascinating university quarter during the walk that follows. Nowhere else in Ghent is the dialogue between science, knowledge, religion and art more intense than at the highest point of the city, Monte Blandinium

More about this tour

The bustling university city of Ghent is teeming with professors, scientists and students.

Step by step you discover this university district and its stories about monks, deprived working class, lemonade makers, professors and students, architects and artists. Marvel at the modernist design of the University Library by architect-artist Henry Van de Velde and gain insight into the expert restoration by ‘Robbrecht and Daem architects’. The Book Tower, a symbol of the city and its university, is the crown witness of the close relationship between Art and Science.

Practical information
  • The tour takes 2 hours.
  • The visit to the Book Tower is part of this tour and lasts 1 hour.
  • The reading rooms and book depository can't be visited.
  • During the second hour, a walk is taken in St. Peter's News Street and St. Peter's Square. 
  • The guide is always booked for a minimum of two hours.
  • Included in the price are the guided tour and the entrance fee.
  • Maximum 18 people per guide.
Meeting point Boekentoren, Rozier 9, 9000 Gent, Entry St. Peter's Abbey, Sint-Pietersplein
Point of arrival Sint-Pietersplein, Boekentoren, Rozier 9, 9000 Gent
Languages Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish, Gents
Price from € 190
Duration 2 h