Heritage Open Days … visit the Aula, Het Pand, and Campus Bruges

(06-09-2017) On Heritage Open Days on Sunday 10 September 2017, you can visit the Aula and Het Pand. Campus Bruges, in which Ghent University is a partner in the UNU-CRIS, is participating in the Heritage Open Days.

Aula Academica

Following the installation of a university in the city, founded in 1817, the Ghent city authorities decided that a ‘Palace of the University’ must be built that would harmonise with the extensive city renovation that was planned. Architect Louis Roelandt designed a neoclassical building front portal with a Greek appearance, a spacious peristyle, and a rotunda hall with coffered ceiling. The building was opened in 1826 and, to this day, it remains the preferred location for official ceremonies, honorary doctorates, proclamations, and so on for the UGent.

You can visit the Aula on the Heritage Open Days. Among other locations, the ceremonial hall and the peristyle with the meridian line are certainly worth a look!

Practical information

  • Aula Academica, Voldersstraat 9, Ghent
  • Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm

Het Pand

Het Pand is a former Dominican monastery located in the heart of the Ghent’s city centre. In 1963, it came into the possession of Ghent University, which installed some museums, among other things, in the building. The entire building is a listed monument.

The following tours are scheduled in the programme:

  • 11 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm – archaeological objects from the Mediterranean Sea region (Egypt, Greece, Etruria, Rome, Spanish Bronze Age) and the objects excavated by the UGent in West Flanders, East Flanders, and Hainaut (Prehistoric, Gallo Roman, and Merovingian).
  • 11:30 am, 2 pm, and 3 pm – two tours through the Etnography Collections:
    • An initiation in the rural Congolese culture based on ten objects (by Griot Shitenge).
    • An introduction to Europalia Indonesia.

Practical information

  • Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, Ghent
  • Opening hours: 11 am to 7 pm
10 September is also National Architecture Day when the Engineering Sciences and Architecture Faculty Library (Jozef Plateaustraat 22, Ghent) will be open to visitors between 10 am and 6 pm. More information: http://www.architectuur.ugent.be/2017/08/dag-van-de-architectuur-10-september-2017/

Tours of Campus Bruges

Campus Bruges, in which Ghent University is a partner in the UNU-CRIS, is participating in the Heritage Open Days. The church and a part of the hallway of the seminary will be open to the public on 9 September (from 2 pm to 6 pm) and on 10 September (from 10 am to 6 pm). In total, four Dutch speaking guides will be available. At the end of the tour, you will hear about the current residents of the seminary. In addition to the president, staff, professors, and priest candidates of the seminary, there will be a brief description of the United Nations University. 

More information: http://www.erfgoedcelbrugge.be/nl/open-monumentendag-brugge-2017/overzicht/1

The Parklife festival will also take place on Sunday 10 September. Ghent University sponsors this free outdoor festival in the Ghent Park Forest. Welcome!