Thursday, 28 August 2014

Antwerpen, Belgium

Grand Square and Cathedral
26 Aug 2014 | From Mieke of Belgium

Antwerp, or Antwerpen in Dutch, is a city and municipality in Belgium and the capital of the Antwerp province of Belgium. It is Belgium’s second city and biggest port. The city retains an intriguing medieval heart with cafĂ©-filled cobbled lanes, a riverside fortress and a truly impressive cathedral. Today Antwerp’s top drawcards are its vibrant fashion, entertainment scene and startling architectural and cultural contrasts.

The Cathedral of Our Lady with statue of Brabo in front on Grand Market Square is the tallest building in Antwerp. The gothic Cathedral of Our Lady was started in 1352 with the first stage of construction ending in 1521. The cathedral houses some impressive huge paintings by P.P. Rubens, and is on the list of Unesco World Heritage sites.

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