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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  • August 11, 2017
    This little gem is one of the most beautiful squares of Antwerp. The facade of the Church is stately on this square where a statue of h.c..
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  • August 9, 2017
    I got married in this church, designed by PP Rubens. great architecture for the connaisseurs. Lots of Rubens art as well !  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    the Baroque style is elegant and bright light. You'll really feel like you're welcome. Beautiful images and paintings make the picture.
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  • December 2, 2016
    This church is a bit spooky, just the way I like them. Worths a visit. Free admission.
  • June 16, 2017
    love this church and the area it's in
  • November 29, 2016
    Great baroque church - free visit
  • January 17, 2016
    Every Sunday at 11.30: the "artists" mass, a special mass with lots of music and soloists.
  • June 22, 2016
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