Since World War I left Antwerp mutilated, it was time for optimistic renovation. Antwerp’s architects explore functional, innovative styles that don’t leave room for decoration.Walk through modernistic Antwerp.
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The Antwerp Central Station, also known as Middenstatie (Middle station) or Spoorwegkathedraal (Railroad Cathedral), was first used in 1905. The structure is made up from a steel platform covering and a stone station building in an eclectic style. Recently, the station was completely renovated and in 2007 a tunnel underneath the station and a part of Antwerp was opened, reverting the station’s status as a terminus where are all trains have to turn back. In 2009, the American magazine Newsweek chose the Antwerp Central Station as the fourth most beautiful train station in the world.
The secret Vlaeykensgang alley dates from 1591 and connects Hoogstraat, Oude Koornmarkt Pelgrimstraat with one another.
St Anna’s Tunnel – or Underpass, as the locals like to refer to it – was opened in 1933.
Those who want to discover medieval Antwerp must dare to look beyond façades and buildings.