The House of Alijns, Ghent

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Kraanlei 65, Ghent, Belgium

The House of Alijns, Ghent Reviews

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Excellent Folklore Museum Aug 17, 2010
The 5 rating has to be wrong because I was going to give it that on the strength of what I saw but I see that they are busily improving it!

The buildings at this canal-side museum are arranged like 3 side of a rectangle. The original houses have now been fitted with connecting doors upstairs and downstairs to allow for easier passage,

Originally it was a 'God house', a place for the old and infirm to spend their last days. This was in the 14th century CE and building it was the penalty exacted from two murderers of children in the Alijn family, in return for which they wee granted mercy.

The museum concentrates on the life in the 19th century and the first part of the 20th. If te pictures on http://www.trabel.com/gent/gent-museumfolklore.htm do not persuade you that it's a delight, I am sure I should not be able to.

Two things I particularly remember are a device for baptising a baby in utero when still birth seemed likely and black wedding dresses embroidered with hundreds of sequins - nothing to do with mourning but the height of fashion!
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