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Just a canon?

You know you're in an historic city when people dismiss a four-hundred year old canon as so many... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2017
AllanJGJ
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Wellington, New Zealand
You can't miss it

Located in a corner at the end of Langemunt shopping street and Vrijdag Markt the cannon... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
nnmercman
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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Groot Kanonplein, Ghent, Belgium
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 10 March 2012

Some cities have a romantic fountain where you can throw coins in but Ghent students are a bit more straightforward. Making love on top of the cannon will make their relationship stay forever. So if you're really sure of your actual partner, it's an example...More

4  Thank Gay A
Most Helpful Critical Review
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.

4  Thank j l
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Reviewed 29 August 2018

The Big Cannon, on Groot Kanonplein in Ghent, is a good place to visit. It's near shopping streats, big market place and many restaurants and bars. It's an historic monument in the historic centre off Ghent. And a good place to take a break if...More

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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

The cannon is definitely worth that second (or third) look on your walk from the town centre to the castle :)

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Reviewed 22 September 2017

You know you're in an historic city when people dismiss a four-hundred year old canon as so many reviewers do here. But at the end of the day they're right; there's many more interesting things to see in Ghent. You won't have to look very...More

Thank AllanJGJ
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Situated on the corner of Langemunt and Grootkanonplein, you are unlikely to miss it as you head for the Canal. Over 500 years old, it has stood in the same location for over 400 years. It has an interesting history and is painted in its...More

Thank debdancing
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Located in a corner at the end of Langemunt shopping street and Vrijdag Markt the cannon immediately catches your eye. It's been in the same location for over 425yrs, weighs 12,500Kg, painted in it's original red colour and never been fired (no surprise as it...More

Thank nnmercman
Reviewed 17 May 2017

The story behind should be more interesting than the sight of this 12-ton canon. Anyway, it was easy to locate near the market square. Just took a picture and proceed to other spots of the city centre.

Thank YTCHENG
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Its just a big red cannon but the story, the history behind it is more important. Its painted in red now because Original it was red. It was called the big red devil and is made in 1431. People in Ghent are calling it the...More

Thank HugoColle
Reviewed 28 February 2017

You'll probably walk past the Dulle Griet many times whilst looking at Ghent's sights so you'll naturally go and have a look and take some photos. It is situated in the corner of a square set back slightly and right next to the canal. It...More

Thank jordanellie41
Reviewed 24 January 2017

It's a huge (12 Ton) red iron cannon, but not much more... You can take a picture and go on your way.

Thank Andre A
Reviewed 27 December 2016

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...More

Thank Robby G C
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