Tuesday, February 16, 2010

... a very special moment ...

... invitation to attend Valeria's public defence of
the doctoral dissertation
on 'charters and the chancery
of the Counts of Hainaut,
Holland and Zeeland'
to earn the Doctor's degree at Ghent University
...
Het Pand - Ghent


Het Pand ... (EN)
by ugent.be
... is an old Dominican monastery located in the heart
of the city on the banks of the river Leie, near
the medieval port with the guildhalls as its remnants...

... It was decided to arrange 'Het Pand' as the cultural center
of the university. Renovation and restoration works
were started in 1971 and accomplished in 1991 ...
source: ugent.be

... all over the first floor was a spacious dormitory ...
source: ugent.be

... Dominican library ...
... according Albert Derolez, head of the section manuscripts
and
valuable work of the Central Library, this is also
the only medieval library hall in Belgium
whose founding date is
established and whose space has come to us practically intact
...
source: ugent.be

... The Iconoclastic Fury of 1556 brought hard times for the building.
The Calvinists threw all the library books in the Leie river ...

source: ugent.be

... front garden designed by Jacques Wirtz,
historically inspired design of geometric gardens
from the early Renaissance
...
source: ugent.be

... the doctor's degree is awarded
in a formal, public, defence session ...

... recent History Ph.D. graduate Valeria
sharing this special moment in her life
with family and friends along with members
of the academic community
...

... window tracery ...

... Het Pand illuminated ...

... Het Pand in the shadow of Saint Michael's church ...

... Saint Michael's church and Het Pand at the Leie
view from the St. Michael's bridge ...

... In view of the world exhibition of 1913, some
restoration was done at "Het Pand" at the Leie front in 1912.

The building affected by age had deteriorated in such a way
that it became untenable after the Second World War.
It was prone to be demolished.
But the Decree of 29.10.1956
put the building on the list of classified premises
...
source: ugent.be

... the old Graslei harbour by night ...
... The Graslei is one of the most scenic places
in Ghent's old city centre
...

... Archangel Michael slaying Satan
represented as a dragon -
detail St. Michael's bridge ...

... a beautiful view of the famous Ghent towers
view from the St. Michael's bridge ...

... gothic windows of the mighty uprising
St. Bavo’s Cathedral tower
...

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