The Boekentoren, (Dutch for Book Tower) is a famous building located in Ghent, Belgium, designed by the Belgian architect Henry Van de Velde. It currently houses 3 million books (september 2006) of the Ghent University library.
Although the tower is only 64 metres high, it makes a huge impression as it is located on the highest point of the city called de Blandijnberg. Van de Velde designed it in 1933 to be the fourth tower of the city completing the famous three towers of the Middle Ages: the Saint-Nicolas Church, the Belfry and the Saint Bavo Cathedral. Together with these 3 towers, the so called "Tower of Wisdom" helped Ghent realising the dream the town had since it hosted the World's Fair in 1913 of creating a "Parade of Towers".
During the Second World War the tower was taken by the German army because of the great city view they had over there.
Currently fund is being raised for the necessary restoration.
The Belvedere of the book tower has been nominated by the Flemish Television Centre VRT for their program "Monumentenstrijd". Translated this means "Battle between Monuments" and was based on the popular BBC show Restoration (television), which had many viewers in Belgium as well. A belvedère is an observation post on the roof with an immense panorama and a popular feature in large scale public buildings. #boekentoren #booktower #gent #ghent