Historic Centre of Antwerp

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Antwerp, Belgium
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Historic Centre of Antwerp - PJ and Swanet
Historic Centre of Antwerp - PJ and Swanet
Historic Centre of Antwerp - Rudy Nathalie and Hans
Historic Centre of Antwerp - Guild Houses
Historic Centre of Antwerp - Guild Houses
Historic Centre of Antwerp - Guild Houses

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loripori loripori
272 reviews
ANTWERP Feb 12, 2017

Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Our VT meeting began at the National Scheepvaartmuseum. After some of us went through the museum, we then began to walk to the Market Square. Well wouldn't you know, it got very windy and started to rain. We headed for an outdoor patio with huge umbrellas and thought we would be dry. But Noooo! A river of water went by under our feet. We could even see leaves floating by, powered by the current of water. We had to laugh and despite the deluge we had a wonderful time. When it finally stopped we ventured out again and managed to get a glimpse of the Stadhuis and Market. We caught a bus that would bring us to Miniatuurstad -- a miniature version of the city of Antwerp which was very interesting and then headed for the meeting place for dinner -- T'Pakhuis.


The city of ANTWERP , a great city in Belgium, is located on the Scheldt River, close to the North Sea. Besides being the most important center of business in Belgium, Antwerp is also famous for its cathedral and art treasrures. The great Cathedral of Our Lady is one of the largest in Europe and has a spire 400 feet high. Inside the cathedral are some of the great paintings of such famous artists as Rubens and Van Dyck.

Diamond-cutting is one of Antwerp's biggest businesses. Here, rough diamonds are cut and polished by skilled diamond-cutters until they become the brilliant shining stones that we see in jewellery stores.
Antwerp City Hall
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seraphimkarlien seraphim…
93 reviews
my beautiful city Jul 10, 2010
As with most cities in Europe, the historic centre is Antwerp's main attraction. The best place to start would be Groenplaats, where a lot of trams stop, both above and underground. Here you can see a statue of Pieter Paul Rubens, one of Antwerp's most famous painters.

Then continue to see the Cathedral of Our Lady, a beautiful building that you can see from most places in the centre. Building took 169 years, from the 14th to 16th century. Unfortunately you have to pay to see the inside. Other beautiful churches in Antwerp are the Saint-Carolus Boromeus Church, Saint Paulus Church, Saint Andries Church (see my seperate review) and Saint Jacob's Church.

The next place that everyone should see is the Grote Markt, Antwerp's main square. The beautiful City Hall takes a prominent places on one side of the square, but the other houses around the square are worth a look too. They used to belong to the guilds, you can still tell from the decorations which is which. In the middle of the square is a fountain representing the hero Brabo, throwing the severed hand of the giant Sus Antigoon, who had previously been extracting a toll from all the ships passing through Antwerp and reigning in terror. In Dutch, throwing hands = hand werpen, hence the name Antwerpen. (though in reality, the name comes from Aanwerp, the places the ships went to shore)

The next must-see is the castle "Het Steen" on the bank of the river Schelde. It dates back to the 13th century and is the oldest remaining building in Antwerp. When I showed my boyfriend around Antwerp the first time, this was his favourite building. It was originally part of the city walls and was rebuilt in the 16th century. It used to be a lot bigger but unfortunately part of it was torn down in the 19th century.

After you've seen these main sights, take some time to just wander around the historic centre.
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