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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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  • Very nice Baroque church located on h. Conscienceplein, not gloomy by the white and colorful, twice ravaged by violent fire resulting in some art treasures have disappeared. Famous painting by Rubens "the return of the Holy family from Egypt" is back but for now in restoration. Beautiful carvings and marble: communion rail, pulpit, confessional and both side chapels. The restored galleries come nicely to their right, especially now the paintings have found their original color (no visit at this level). Also includes beautiful Maria Chapel
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  • A Pearl of a Baroque church, founded by the Jesuit order with the typical Baroque façade. The Interior contains beautiful altars, many paintings, including a painting by Rubens, the Holy family, that was traveling about via Brussels to London and New-York and back to Antwerp. Beautiful Confessionals and skirtings, beautifully sculpted white marble communion banks as well as a remarkable organ. The Church also serves as Church and artists regularly there are performances by singers, musicians, choirs and orchestras. Mainly on Sundays.
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  • It is a church with a very elaborate facade and beautiful interior bright and with very bad luck, has apparently suffered several fires throughout its history. You can get a guide in Spanish for €0.20. On the floor of the square from the entrance you can see signs of the Camino de Santiago.
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