Top-Rated Tourist Attractions And Best Places to Visit in Antwerp

Top-Rated Tourist Attractions And Best Places to Visit in Antwerp: Grand Place, St. Paul’s Church, Cathedral of Our Lady, Butcher’s Hall, Plantin-Moretus Museum.

Grand Place

Antwerp’s Grand Place (Grote Markt) with its town lobby and various society houses is the core of the old town. In the center stands the lavish Brabo Fountain raised in 1887 by Jef Lambeaux and delineating the Roman fighter Silvius Brabo hurling the separated hand of the goliath Antigonus into the Scheldt. The Town Hall (or Stadhuis) dominates the plaza’s western side and was built by Cornelis Floris de Vriendt between 1561 and 1565.

St. Paul’s Church

In the central city, the Veemarkt (the plaza that once functioned as a former cattle market) is home to the late Gothic St. Paul’s Church (Sint-Pauluskerk), begun in 1517 and not completed until 1639. The Baroque clock tower dates from 1680. A fire in 1968 severely harmed the congregation and just the vivacious endeavors of neighborhood individuals kept the loss of important inside decorations. The congregation is home to sketches by Rubens, Jordaens, and Van Dyck.

Cathedral of Our Lady

The Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwkathedraal), is Belgium’s largest Gothic church. Jacob van Thienen, Pieter Appelmans, Jan Tac, Everaert Spoorwater, Hermann and Dominic de Waghemakere, and Rombout Keldermans were among the architects and master-builders who contributed to its construction.

Butcher’s Hall

The elegant rooms of the late Gothic Butcher’s Hall (Vleeshuis) include the former council chamber of the butchers’ guild. The amazing block building, worked in 1501-04, was intentionally sited near the Scheldt, enabling the blood of butchered creatures to keep running off into the stream.

Plantin-Moretus Museum

In 1576, Christophe Plantin the printer who hailed originally from France, moved into a house he christened “De Gulden Passer” – the Golden Compasses – south of the Grote Markt.

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