Petrified glory

In the 16th century Antwerp experienced a golden era. The port city was one of the largest and most prosperous cities in Europe. It was also a centre for commerce and art. Walk with us, listen to the monumental witnesses of this magnificent past and relive Antwerp’s glory days. 

In the sixteenth century Antwerp was one of the largest and most prosperous cities in Europe. At the time the port city acquired an unparalleled reputation as a centre for commerce and art. During this
classic tour you will step back in time to the amazing glory days of the city by the Scheldt and your
guide will spotlight the history, art and architecture of this period.
 
This trail takes you along: Grote Markt (city hall and guildhalls) – Vleeshuis – Steen – Zuiderterras – Vrijdagmarkt – Vlaeykensgang – Handschoenmarkt (Cathedral of Our Lady).

It includes a short visit – if open to: a courtyard with Pagaddertower and the courtyard of the Museum Plantin-Moretus (Unesco world heritage).

Start and finish : Visit Antwerpen, Grote Markt 13.

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