The Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp is the largest Gothic church in the Low Countries. Its northern tower, which is stone lacework, is 123 metres high. It’s the pride of the city. Vertical lines in the monumental sacred space symbolise an aim for something higher, something celestial. Anointment for the art-hungry soul.
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This museum is the continuation of the Of the Officina Plantiniana, founded by Christoffel Plantijn in 1555, as the first industrial printing works in history. Granted by Unesco in 2005, the museum demonstrates the entire book production process from the 15th to the 18th century.
Shorter days and longer nights… Yes, autumn is here. But don’t worry, because in Antwerp we always make sure that every day and every night is simply unforgettable, with fun parties in unexpected places, concerts in palaces and exhibitions and culinary highlights in the city centre. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, we have another surprise up our sleeve for you. Book the Discover Antwerp package, spend the night in Antwerp and make the most of your stay with the Antwerp City Card that is included.
Antwerp’s latest architectural jewel is the Port House. This funky and innovative building, with roots in the past, is the new headquarters of the Antwerp Port Authority that accommodates over 500 employees. You can also plan a guided tour of the building and enjoy the panoramic view over the port and the city.
Winter in Antwerp is the ultimate winter holiday and so much more! Between 10 December and 8 January, the entire city centre is enveloped in a cosy atmosphere on squares and shopping streets, with an outdoor ice rink, a winter bar, original and fun shops, additional retail Sundays and lots of surprises.
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This Brabant Gothic-style church was built between 1491 and 1656. The gentry, the merchants and the city’s nobility wished to show off their wealth with a steeple that was meant to be higher than the cathedral’s. Building work was halted at 55m due to lack of funds. The parishioners were, however, able to exhibit their wealth in the church itself, in its impressive and beautifully decorated interior. One of the attractions of this church is the tomb of Rubens behind the main altar in the Chapel of Our Lady. Rubens painted the painting, ‘Our Lady surrounded by saints’ for his own tomb.
Het Steen was home to the Maritime Museum for many years. Now that its collection has been moved to the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS), HETPALEIS and the city of Antwerp have reopened this legendary building as a ‘question centre’ for visitors (and anyone looking for answers), young or old, aged six years or over.
Near the river Scheldt you find Saint Paul’s Church, the former Dominican church, which was completed in 1639. The church has some splendid Baroque altars, more than 200 statues and 50 paintings. Masterpieces by artists such as Jordaens, Rubens, Van Balen and Van Dyck emphasise the church’s unique appeal. The Calvary garden looks like a set from an epic film about Christ’s suffering and resurrection.