It was just brought to my attention that one of the historical landmarks of Ghent, the location of the conference I am currently at, is the home of Lamoral, Count of Egmont whose execution in 1568 sparked an uprising against Spanish occupation that eventually led to the independence of the Netherlands. The house itself is extremely old, being built in 1200 from roman bricks.

Egmont was also the inspiration behind Beethoven’s  famous overture played here in suitably dramatic style by the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Herbert von Karajan.


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