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Carolus Borromeus Church, Antwerp

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
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 paintings 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. Use our Antwerp holiday planner to visit Carolus Borromeus Church on your trip to Antwerp, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Very beautiful church with very classical design and architecture. Restoration is going on at the moment but the main complex still looks very stunning and amazing. Must go for every history lovers. 
  • Very nice Baroque church. For worship, but also for cultural events and exhibitions. Located in a typically cosy neighborhood.
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  • We were met by one of the church members who apologised and explained that only some of the building was able to be seen. What we saw was magnificent and we would love to see what it will be like when...  read more »
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