Get inspired by Flanders’ second biggest city. When in Antwerp, admire the gorgeous architecture, fantastic museums, world-renewed artists and enjoy many lovely…
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Flemish Masters in situ - Saint Paul’s church, Antwerp
There is no better place than Flanders to discover the Flemish Masters. In museums, surely, but even more so in chapels, churches, castles, townhalls and other historic spots for which they were originally intended. The interior of this formerly Dominican church is a true baroque gem in a gothic shrine, with more than 50 works by Antwerp masters such as Rubens, van Dyck and Jordaens, more than 200 sculptures, a number of magnificent baroque altarpieces and world-class sculpted church furniture.
Diamond museum with a heart beating for silversmithing
DIVA, Antwerp Home of Diamonds, the new international diamond museum with a heart beating for silversmithing in Antwerp, takes you on an emotional, interactive journey that explores the different aspects of silversmithing, jewellery and of course first and foremost diamonds. © DIVA / Sven Coubergs
Antwerp derived its name from a giant with a severed hand?
A brave Roman soldier named Brabo remained defiant and challenged the giant in a Flemish version of David and Goliath. Brabo prevailed and took his bloody revenge by severing Antigoon's own hand and tossing it into the Scheldt. The city of Antwerp - a combination of 'hand' and 'werpen' (to throw) - derived its name from the colourful fable, which is now permanently celebrated by the Brabo fountain.
Rubens, Rubens and Rubens
Peter Paul Rubens is one of the greatest artists of all time. The Antwerpian is the figurehead of the Baroque, the movement that continues to shape the city to this day. The many Baroque buildings and numerous masterpieces are reminiscent of Antwerp’s golden age. In the Cathedral of Our Lady – itself a noteworthy piece of heritage – you will also find a number of his masterpieces.
Why is Antwerp the diamond capital of the world?
The search for the perfect diamond – a symbol of eternal love and the quest for perfection – has always been associated with the city of Antwerp. A place of profound importance for the international diamond trade, Belgium’s biggest port has rightfully earned its place as the capital of the world’s diamond business. www.beldiamond.com
Walks in Antwerp
The Cathedral of our Lady in Antwerp - Belgium: the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp was completed in 1521, no fewer than 170 years after it started. It is the largest Gothic church in the Low Countries. Today you can still find four masterpieces by Rubens in the cathedral ~~ #travel #flanders #antwerp #gothicchurches #cathedrals