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A photograph taken from Sint-Michielsbrug that is looking along Korenlei. As its names suggests, this was part of the medieval port where corn and wheat was traded. Gent was central to the grain trade in Flanders. Both Graslei, on the opposite side of the river, and Korenlei formed the medieval port of Gent and prospered from 11th to the 18th century. Following this period there was a decline in trade and the medieval buildings fell into decay or were pulled down. It was the World Exhibition of 1913 that created the impetus to restore and rebuild the old port. In some cases the architects had to consult drawings and paintings of earlier years in order to fashion a faithful restoration. As a result, many of the buildings are not as old as they appear. Immediately on the left here is a house dated 1731, a later addition towards the bridge and a possible survivor of the period. The adjacent building, seen here with the plaster painted in light blue, is a later building. Originally erected in a neo-classical style, this evolved into a School of Higher Studies. Recent renovation has seen a new roof design that has created further interior space.
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