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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 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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  • Built by the Jesuits between 1615 and 1621, this church has a lot of history with Peter Paul Rubens. While the exterior of church looks a lot like del Gesu in Rome, Rubens worked on the facade and the...  more »
  • A superb church with some of the finest carved figures we've seen for a very long time. Don't expect to see high quality replacements for the Ruben's paintings that burned in a fire many years back, b...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • This church is a bit spooky, just the way I like them. Worths a visit. Free admission.
  • love this church and the area it's in
  • Great baroque church - free visit
  • Every Sunday at 11.30: the "artists" mass, a special mass with lots of music and soloists.
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