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  • 1 Antwerp Beguine Convent Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Rodestraat 39 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    The houses of this convent are huddled within their brick enclosure. A paved street, orchard surrounded by hedges and church rebuilt in the 19C make this a particularly pleasant place to visit. The churhc is decorated with paintings by Jordaens and V..

  • 2 Visite en bateau des bassins portuaires Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Steenplein B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This boat trip takes you through the port, wher cargo ships and petrol tankers moor and load or unload. This massive port includes industrial complexes, refineries, seed elevators, boarding bridges, dry docks, shipyards and reservoirs. During the wee..

  • 3 Vleeshuis (Butchers' House) Interesting

    Museums and art

    Vlesshouwersstraat 38-40 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This imposing Gothic building constructed for the Butchers' corporation now houses the Decorative Arts, Archaeology and Numismatics Museum of Antwerp. The collection of d'musical instruments is particularly wide and interesting.

  • 4 Het Steen Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Steenplein 1, le long de l'Escaut B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This fortress was built after 843 on the banks of the Scheldt to defend the new frontier defined by the Verdun Treaty. Used as a prison from the early 14C, it was then extended around 1520, under Charles V, and restored in the 19C and 20C. A statue o..

  • 5 Sterckshof-Zilvercentrum Provincial Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    B - 2100 Antwerpen

    The Flemish neo-Renaissance Sterckshof Castle (1938) stands in the Rivierenhof Park in Deurne. Here, information is available about silver, silverwork and its various industrial use. Numerous silverware, including valuable dishes, jewellery, toiletri..

  • 6 Church of St Andrew Interesting

    Religious buildings

    St-Andriesstraat 5 B - Antwerpen

    This late-Gothic church was built by the Augustinians in the early 16C in a quarter that was already popular, and today has fashion boutiques and antique shops. Inside, the Baroque dominates. The masterpiece is a magnificent pulpit (1821) by J.-B. Va..

  • 7 Hôtel de ville

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    B - 2000 Antwerpen

    The Town Hall was built by Cornelis Floris in 1564. Its long façade (76 metres) is a happy mixture of Flemish elements (skylights, gables) and Italian Renaissance influence (loggia, pilasters between the windows, niches). Although the high mullioned ..

  • 8 Brabofontein

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This fountain was built in 1887, the work of ironmonger Jef Lambeaux. It memorialises the gesture of the legendary Silvius Brabo, a Roman warrior who cut off the hand of the giant Druon Antigon, a pirate on the Escaut. The water from the fountain run..

  • 9 Handschoenmarkt

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This triangular open space stands opposite the cathedral and was once home to a glove market. It is surrounded by a number of charming old houses. The well by Quentin Metsys has a gracious crown of wrought iron and is dominated by the legendary Brabo..

  • 10 Gildekamersstraat

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    B - 2000 Antwerpen

    Guildhouse Street is a narrow and pretty street behind the Town Hall (Stadhuis). It is lined with a fine row of old houses.

  • 11 Maagdenhuis

    Museums and art

    Lange-Gasthuistraat 33 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    A part of this former orphanage was turned into an original museum. Here, you can see some remarkable sculptures and paintings, including paintings by Rubens and Van Dyck (Saint Jerome), and a collection of Antwerp ceramic bowls from the 16C.

  • 12 Bourlaschouwburg (Bourla Theatre)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Komedieplaats B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This neo-Classical building on Komedieplaats is named after its designer Pierre Bruno Bourla. The façade columns frame busts of famous authors and composers. Above the attic, you will notice muses accompanied by Apollo greeting visitors. The ceiling ..

  • 13 Meir

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This very busy street is one of the main shopping areas in the city. On the corner of Wapper and Meir, you will see the old Royal Palace (18C) in its Rococo style, where many sovereigns have lived. Today, this building houses the International Cultur..

  • 14 Église St-Jacques

    Religious buildings

    Lange-Nieuwstraat 73/75 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    The inside of this flamboyant church is decorated in the Baroque style. You can see several paintings here, including Virigin Mary by Otto Venius (right lower side), The Vocation of St Peter by Jordaens and, behind the choir, in the funerary chapel o..

  • 15 Bourse de Commerce

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Twaalf-Maanderstraat B - 2000 Antwerpen

    Surrounded by a group of houses that it dominates with its glass dome, the Product Exchange stands on four streets in a cross formation. The first exchange was built by D de Waghemakere. It soon outgrew itself and was added to with another building b..

  • 16 Chapelle St-Nicolas

    Religious buildings

    Lange-Nieuwstraat B - 2000 Antwerpen

    The 15C Chapel of St Nicholas houses a charming puppet theatre (Poppenschouwburg). The back of the building has a lovely little courtyard surrounded by old buildings with interesting façades.

  • 17 Chapelle Ste-Élisabeth

    Religious buildings

    Lange-Gasthuistraat B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This chapel is part of he old St Elizabeth's Hospital, built in the 13C. It was closed down in 1986 and restored as a cultural centre (Elzenveld). The chapel nave, in its Brabançon Gothic style, dates back to the early 15C.The capitals are decorated ..

  • 18 Zuiderpershuis

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Waalsekaai B - 2000 Antwerpen

    This building was designed by E Dieltiens in 1881. Its neo-Baroque façade hides a forer hydraulic electric plant. The accumulators were housed in the two towers. The building now houses the theatre group De Internationale Nieuwe Scène, and has become..

  • 19 Musée d'Art contemporain Anvers-MuHKA

    Museums and art

    Leuvenstraat 32 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    The Museum of Contemporary Art, situated on the banks of the Escaut, is housed in an old grain silo, La Nationale, which was built in 1926 and recently extended. Here, you can see work by famous contemporary artists from the 1970s to he present day, ..

  • 20 Oude Beurs

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hofstr. 15 B - 2000 Antwerpen

    The Produce Exchange dates back to 1515. The building is now occupied by public services. Beyond its lovely classical façade, you can find a charming paved courtyard, surrounded by porticos and dominated by a watchtower.

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