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A photograph of Baudelostraat from Gent's Vrijdagmarkt. This thoroughfare was a planned commercial development built on land formerly occupied by workers cottages. Baudelostraat was named after the Baudelo Abbey which stood nearby at Beverhoutplein. Very little remains of what was once the largest of Gent's abbeys. The nearby Baudelopark was originally a market garden serving the abbey where the monks brewed their own ale. The French are blamed for driving out the monks during the late 18th century after which most of the buildings were razed or converted for other uses. Calculatingly curved to attract footfall from the Vrijdagmarkt, Baudelostraat was planned as an upmarket shopping boulevard but the scheme ultimately failed. However, the delightful buildings are an exquisite addition to Gent's rich heritage of late 19th and early 20th century architecture. The building on the corner of Vrijdagmarkt and Baudelostraat, shown in this photograph is another creation of local architect Jacob Semey. Dating from 1902, this building features an elaborate neo-Baroque gable incorporating an oculus, volutes and a shell-shaped pinnacle.
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