DIVA | Antwerp Home of Diamonds is a unique public experience focussing on the magical world of diamonds, jewellery and goldsmithing.
DIVA immerses its guests in an enchanting world. Fictional audio plays, which have been written by the director Frank Van Laecke, takes visitors on a tour of six themes: Diva’s Wunderkammer - which was designed by Gert Voorjans -, craftsmanship, trade, consumption and a real vault and even a jewellery boudoir where DIVA showcases her most precious treasures. Each theme comes with its own unique atmosphere, thanks to staging, soundscapes, multimedia and interactive elements to engage visitors. Hundreds of precious artefacts from DIVA’s collection will astonish and seduce you. DIVA entertains its visitors in the most masterful manner, challenging them to peel away the layers to get to the heart of this exhibition.
DIVA. Antwerp House of Diamonds is located in the historical heart of Antwerp. In a neighbourhood that goldsmiths, jewellery and diamond dealers have called home since the sixteenth century. Antwerp has been known as the diamond capital of the world since its Golden Age. Merchants and explorers sailed up the River Scheldt, in ships laden with gems and precious metals to sell them all over Europe.
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The history of the book printing industry comes to life in the house and studio of the Plantin-Moretus printing family.
It took 169 years (1352-1521) of labour to raise the 123m heavenward-reaching steeple of the Cathedral, the highest Gothic building in the Low Countries. The Cathedral is an iconic treasury, with an impressive collection of major art works, including a series of paintings by Rubens. Now, after twenty years, the seven-naved church has been restored to its former architectural glory. Fascinating features include Rubens’ ‘Elevation of the Cross’ and his ‘Descent from the Cross’. Any visit to Antwerp starts with a visit of the Cathedral of Our Lady.
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.
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