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Starbucks City Mug Gent - Saint Nicholas\' Church

Ghent is a city and a municipality located in the Flemish region of Belgium. It is the capital and largest city of the East Flanders province. The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Lys and in the Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe. Today it is a busy city with a port and a university. Ghent is Belgium's second largest municipality by number of inhabitants. Archaeological evidence shows human presence in the region of the confluence of Scheldt and Lys going back as far as the Stone Age and the Iron Age. Most historians believe that the older name for Ghent, 'Ganda', is derived from the Celtic word 'ganda' which means confluence. There are no written records of the Roman period but archaeological research confirms that the region of Ghent was further inhabited. Every year the ten-day-long "Ghent Festival" (Gentse Feesten in Dutch) is held. About two million visitors attend every year.

St. Nicholas' Church is one of the oldest and most prominent landmarks in Ghent, Belgium. Begun in the early 13th century as a replacement for an earlier Romanesque church, construction continued through the rest of the century in the local Scheldt Gothic style (named after the nearby river). Typical of this style is the use of blue-gray stone from the Tournai area, the single large tower above the crossing, and the slender turrets at the building's corners. Built in the old trade center of Ghent next to the bustling Korenmarkt, St. Nicholas' Church was popular with the guilds whose members carried out their business nearby. The guilds had their own chapels which were added to the sides of the church in the 14th and 15th centuries. The central tower, which was funded in part by the city, served as an observation post and carried the town bells until the neighboring belfry of Ghent was built. These two towers, along with the Saint Bavo Cathedral, still define the famous medieval skyline of the city center. One of the treasures of the church is its organ, produced by the famous French organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll.

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  Gent, Belgium, 08 Icon Edition, MIC, MIT, MIC/MIT

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Bor   03 Jun 2012

Is it already available in the store?

rinsel   03 Jun 2012

Not officially

Bor   03 Jun 2012

Confirmed, not officially.After a 400km road trip i can say it really helps to smile;)[i like] the employees at starbucks Gent!

Pieter Vdv   04 Jun 2012

Check Bor ... you are right ... Mid June they will release it normally ...And I'm smiling to ;)

rinsel   04 Jun 2012


rinsel   05 Jun 2012

Officially out according to the Gent Facebook page

Wumme0815   05 Jun 2012

Does anybody know if it is also available at Brussels Airport? Or can anybody check these days? I will be there soon hopefully

mobydick74   05 Jun 2012

Nope, not available

Wumme0815   06 Jun 2012

Thanks for the update mobydick74, so the Trip has to be to Gent.....:-)

Pieter Vdv   08 Jun 2012

Lots of gent mugs available (from my personal stock) ... I can resume trading Mid July ... In case of interest, contact me!

Milou   08 Jun 2012

Yeah Pieter, can't wait :)

elle   29 Apr 2014

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