A stately patrician dwelling full of gold leather and tapestries, precious libraries, the oldest printing press in the world, a type-foundry and interior courtyard. No wonder the Museum Plantin-Moretus is the only museum on the Unesco World Heritage list. Step inside the world of printers, publishers and intelligentsia from Antwerp’s Golden Age.
Now preserving typographic material, a library, art objects and an impressive graphic collection, the museum gives an overview of book printing from the 15th until the 18th century and owns the worlds oldest printing press from around 1600.
The stately town house also boasts period rooms, decorated with tapestries, gilt leather and paintings – including a Rubens, sculptures, earthenware and porcelain.
The Prints Room protects prints and drawings by Antwerp masters from the 16th century to the present. The Museum Plantin-Moretus received the ultimate recognition in 2005 and was named as a UNESCO world heritage and is the only museum worldwide to have been given this honour.
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Visit The Ruien, a truly unique attraction, and walk through Antwerp's former canals and sewers. During this adventurous and astonishing underground walk you'll discover some of Antwerp's exciting and rich history.
Accompanied by experienced city guides you’ll walk to the unique Market place, surrounded by the mighty Renaissance Town hall and numerous guild halls. You’ll be astonished when seeing the famous Cathedral of Our Lady, coronated with a unique Gothic steeple, the symbol of the City of Antwerp. You’ll then pass through a charming sixteenth century inner yard, the ‘Vlaeykensgang’, and will continue your stroll alongside many sites and places which you have never imagined before.
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