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. Using our custom trip planner, Antwerp attractions like Carolus Borromeus Church can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Linda Church, keeping the fascist reach impressive, equal to the of the Jesu in Rome. The interior is very nice, with small side "mezzanines", not to miss the chapel of Mary, with beautiful marble, most of the design work was done by Rubens, considered so sau Church, hurt that by fire, were lost forever almost forty cudadros of this great author. Not fail to admire the square that precedes the Church
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  • After Antwerp cases was and back in the hands of the Catholics must was started the Counter-Reformation, with the Jesuits. P P Rubens designed the for facade. When left lots and lots of Antwerp to Holland to there name to do with Delft blue and not forget that the Wilhelmus was written by a mayor of Antwerp
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  • For me one of the most beautiful churches of Antwerp. And the cosy small square with nice restaurants, where there is almost always a musician is playing in the summer makes this 1 of my favorite resting places.
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  • Another iconic landmark and part of Antwerp's long and interesting history. A must see for anyone visiting Antwerp.
  • This church is a bit spooky, just the way I like them. Worths a visit. Free admission.
  • Beautiful Italian inspired courtyard
  • love this church and the area it's in
  • Great baroque church - free visit

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