PHOTOS: Best and Worst Historic Sites Rated

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Ghent, Belgium

Two boys watch a tourist boat in Ghent, Belgium, a medieval town that has maintained its vibrant past.

The city was voted third best in the 2008 "Places Rated" Destination Stewardship survey, sponsored by the National Geographic Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations.

One of the independent experts found Ghent "gloriously eclectic," with an excellent mix of old and new buildings."

Another pointed out that unlike its more well-known neighbor, Bruges, Ghent has "retained the character of a functioning city rather than an open-air museum."
—Photograph by Joe Patronite/NGS
 
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