Carolus Borromeus Church, Antwerp

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Visit Carolus Borromeus Church to see masterpieces by Peter Paul Rubens and other Flemish painters. The church's interior has a rather sad history. Thirty-nine panels painted by Rubens once covered the ceiling, but in 1718 a lightening strike ignited the roof and the murals were destroyed. Fortunately, some of his work remains in the altarpiece. Note the ornately carved altars in the alcoves that rise to the ceiling, reflecting the splendor of the Baroque period. Look up to see life-size statues of saints and religious figures in the niches along the walls. You'll see dramatic allegorical paintingsĀ installed around the interior; you can admire their imagery from the pews while you observe a service. Located on a central square, the church is surrounded by vibrant street life, including musicians and performers, as well as a row of cafes and restaurants. Using our custom trip planner, Antwerp attractions like Carolus Borromeus Church can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The church is really big and beautiful. It have lots of paintings and statues to admire, and the paintings are really good illustrations. I really loved to visit it  more »
  • Finally invaded in this church that is a. Beautiful building inside and out but the beautiful atmosphere of history is broken done by ... some bald rows of modern chairs instead of wooden benches. Horrible! The middle of the Church shows very bare and empty, it seems ready for a dance party. The chairs are tight and very modern-very wrong choice! Why no wooden long banks in weathered wood?
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  • This beautiful restored Church is well worth a visit. It is one of the most beautiful churches in Antwerp.
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  • The most beautiful church in Antwerp. The facade of the church is so impressive! And is higher than the church building itself. I was attending an exciting event -changing a canvasses. Behind the altar is a large chest which contains 4 different canvasses. With a system of pulleys, the paintings can be changed throughout the year, according to the liturgical religious year.
  • Ancient history: What a PERFECT example. DON'T MISS IT WHEN YOU'RE IN ANTWERP It's even a little walk from the shopping street or cathedral.
  • Another iconic landmark and part of Antwerp's long and interesting history. A must see for anyone visiting Antwerp.
  • A fantastic landmark that must be visiting while in Antwerp!
  • This church is a bit spooky, just the way I like them. Worths a visit. Free admission.

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