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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. 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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  • Although not that impressive from the outside the inside is superb. The baroque design is magnificent. The church is in a lovely square and access is good for all  more »
  • This is no doubt the most beautiful baroque church in the world and she looks incredibly soft since its restoration.
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  • A Pearl! A splendid Baroque church from the 17th century. This former Jezuitenkerk contains a nice choir, Confessionals and a pulpit.
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  • This church is a bit spooky, just the way I like them. Worths a visit. Free admission.
  • Great baroque church - free visit
  • Very nice bell tower.
  • Every Sunday at 11.30: the "artists" mass, a special mass with lots of music and soloists.
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