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Address: Groot Kanonplein, Ghent, Belgium

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We passed this relic a number of times as it was close to our hotel. The story is better than the sight in some respects, apparently it only killed one person, who happened to be... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 November 2016
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was quite strange to approach a red cast-iron cannon that was way longer than myself. However, it isn't dangerous any longer. It's covered with glass; no cannon balls will ever go though there any longer. In fact, no cannon balls have ever been fired through this cannon! Locals call it "de Dulle Griet" or in English "Evil Woman". This... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

One of the famous things to see in Ghent: the 'dulle griet' or translated: the angry woman. Nice story about this canon.

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We passed this relic a number of times as it was close to our hotel. The story is better than the sight in some respects, apparently it only killed one person, who happened to be standing behind and firing it. It was never used in anger again, and is now a symbol of peace.

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Thank ybsae
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Just a big, red canon. Stumbled upon it while walking around the city. Nothing spectacular actually.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 378 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is a giant cannon. Our tour guide took us there and explained that this cannon was fired once and broke. They fixed the cannon and placed it here ever since. They never fired the cannon ever again. Funny story.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Viewed from the river so we walked around to see how big this was. Worth doing that but this is a small local landmark free to see rather than a special relic

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Just a red old cannon, take photos with it. Shop nearby, eat nearby and sometimes street performers hang around singing with music instruments.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The history of how this cannon was too heavy to actually work on a ship, and then the modern history that it was a college hazing ritual for students to climb in and spend the night, makes a regular old cannon a bit more special. No longer used for hazing (the entry points have been covered) it still makes for... More 

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Brussels
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

Walking along the River Leie in the centre of Ghent, you might come across the oxblood-coloured Big Canon, also nicknamed Mad Meg (“Dulle Griet” in Dutch) or The Big Red Devil on Groot Kanonplein (square of the big canon). This more than 500 years old wrought-iron canon, resting on three bluestone bases, is more than 5 metres (16 feet) long... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

There is an information board a few metres from the Cannon close to the Bridge with information relating to the gun on the far side. It states that "Dulle Griet", or Mad Meg was never fired, but Wikipedia says it is a medieval bombard that was used by the City in the first half of the 15th century. So you... More 

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