Ghent city is Belgium’s fourth-largest city and is home to a quarter of a million people. Originally started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Leie it became in the Late Middle Ages one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe. Today Ghent is known for its flourishing (flower) export trade and vibrant cultural and university life. Ghent’s city center is a pedestrian area that is like a museum to early Flemish architecture and a testament to the city’s medieval might. Impressive Gothic sites, such as dramatic St. Bavo’s Cathedral and the Castle of the Counts, inspire awe. The works of Flemish masters are housed in the distinguished Museum voor Schone Kunst.