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Carolus Borromeus Church, Antwerp
(4.5/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
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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  • You find this church at a cute and nice square. If you like the baroque style, this is the place to be in Antwerp! The interior is very bombastic but worth a visit! 
  • This church was built for a wealthy Jesuit at the beginning of the 17th century, so that was planned on a grand scale, and built a large financial effort in accordance with the Baroque Canon architecture and decorated by the best artisans and painters of the m.in. Rubens. Arouses admiration of the façade of the Church-it seems niebosiężna, precisely wycyzelowana and reloaded theme decoration and religious. The Interior is still partially restored, but the altar and the nave and chapels delight with its Baroque abundance, quickness to a multitude of colors and plethora of decorative techniques. Admire the Interior you can understand why the Jesuit superiors karcili Antwerp brothers too much waste in the construction of this church. For a small fee you can get in the Church leaflet in Polish.
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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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