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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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  • A very beautiful Cathedral with paintings by Rubens. Almost every Cathedral of Antwerp weighs at least one painting by Rubens. Huge body and the decoration inside is impressive. But frankly, there are so many churches that straight Yaroslavl recalled.
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  • Carolus Borromeus Church is a very attractive baroque church set in a small but equally attractive square. The church is certainly worth a visit if churches are of interest. The wood carvings of angel...  more »
  • Reputed to be prettier than the Cathedral, it's still a disappointment for me. Go when the same because on the way to the Cathedral to the Church saint Charles there is a memorable cocktail bar (him)! Otherwise, to see inside the Church, a visit to the rubenshuis simply: a Rubens painting presents perfectly!
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