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Antwerp, I love this City!
Below i will give you some information and the highlights off Antwerp.
known for being the'Bill Gates' of his time, this artist's former home portrays the life of this great painter. Discover his multifaceted talent: the painter, architect and diplomat, the collector and scientist, the husband and father. Above all, you will discover Rubens as the prince of baroque in Europe.
Antwerp and diamonds: two concepts that have been closely related for over 500 years. Antwerp’s diamond district is located close to the Central Station and contained within an area of one square mile. Antwerp handles more than 80% of the world’s rough diamonds. Among the city's many other attractions is Diamondland where visitors can see diamond polishers, setters and goldsmiths at work. Free daily tours at 11:00 am
Het Steen are the remains of a castle which was once the center of the city Antwerp. Now located along the waterfront it is the National Maritime Museum. Het Steen served for many purposes throughout the centuries. It was once even a jail but that dark era ended in 1823. The city of Antwerp bought Het Steen in 1842. In 1864 it opened its doors again as a museum of local history and archeology.
The Antwerp Zoo, where more than 6,000 animals reside, is one of the oldest and most famous zoos in the world and is located next door to Central Station. The Antwerp Zoo has developed an international reputation because of its participation in international breeding programs for threatened species, such as the okapi, the bonobo, the Golden Lion Tamarin and the Congo peacock.
Cathedral of Our Lady
After 20 years of restoration work the architecture of the seven-aisled church has again been restored to its full splendor. Housed inside this gothic church, which became a cathedral in 1559, are two Rubens masterpieces, Raising of the Cross and Descent from the Cross.
Brabo Statue on Grote Markt
Legend has it that long ago the River Scheldt was in the hands of Antigoon, a giant who demanded heavy tolls from passing ships. A Roman soldier, Silvius Brabo, slay the greedy giant by chopping off his big hand and throwing it into the river. Hence the name Hantwerpen or “hand throwing.” The ‘hand’ has become the unofficial symbol of Antwerp and can be found as a bronze fountain in front of the town hall or sprinkled through out the city in various forms ...including chocolate.