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Carolus Borromeus Church, Antwerp

(4.6/5 based on 300 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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  • The Baroque facade of this church, we invite you to enter. A wide nave with 2 side chapels very beautiful, elegant and at the same time one of them more austere but beautiful. To hear the organ in the visit was an experience impressive and wonderful. Let yourself be lead and enjoy this monument that not going to be insensitive. Enjoy.
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  • Certainly worth a visit and one can this also with the expert guidance of a guide. Beautiful marble statues and processed marble.
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  • Baroque church built by the Jesuits, it contained initially 39 ceilings painted by Rubens, destroyed in a fire caused by lightning (is that what God thought it was too fancy?). Second fire in 2009, beautifully restored to the same. I had the chance to benefit from a volunteer guide (I highly recommend, but thinking about making a small donation then for maintenance of the Church). Same who yet quite knowledgeable me in art history, I still learned: If you are Christian: the symbols of the litany of the Virgin in the chapel on the right, with a painting (memory a Rubens), a simile college: the original is in Vienna (this date when the Belgium, which was the Netherlands South I think) was under the Austrian authority. Well, it is not the difference. The Chapel is original. And what is spectacular: the huge painting of the altar is removable (more than 5 meters high on more than 3 meters wide): this paint changes according to the periods of the year. There are 4 or 5 different paintings according to the liturgical periods: I was on 28 February, it was the last day with an assumption of the Virgin, and March 1, we were going to change for a painting of the Passion of Christ. The paintings are stored in adequate space, and we maneuver with pulleys and winches to move the paintings. I don't remember having heard of something similar so far (and yet, at age 65, I have visited churches!). There are some altarpieces that can open and close in many churches in Europe, but (especially giant) paintings, it's new. My guide had a set of photos with different paintings. In short, an experience! And a tourist detail has nothing to do with the Church, but I find no place to give my info: on the Groenplaats, next to Notre Dame, there is a "kot to fries" called "Max": If you want real Belgian fries, made with beef fat (the best, for the taste, and become difficult to find) It's the right place. Caution: you must often stand in line. It's really good (and economic).
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