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Address: Groot Kanonplein, Ghent, Belgium

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History is more important than the cannon

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... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2017
Evergem, Belgium

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Evergem, Belgium
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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 "Dulle Griet". Impressive of lenght and weight thats for sure espeially for that time. Sad... More 

Thank HugoColle
Bolton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
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 has a historical meaning but as a monument it is rather bland.

Thank jordanellie41
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
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
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 587 helpful votes
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 through this cannon! Locals call it "de Dulle Griet" or in English "Evil Woman". This... More 

Thank Robby G C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
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.

Thank Rafael J
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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.

Thank ybsae
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Andrey V
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 624 helpful votes
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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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

Thank Cath R
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
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.

Thank Melanie_Yeoh

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