Oh Antwerp, where do I begin? It is considered as Belgium's second most influential city and rightfully so. Through the years, starting in the 16th century, it's one of Europe's most important cities with fashion moguls, art lovers, and even diamond dealers are drawn to its magnetic charm. Despite its turbulent experiences during the WWII, Antwerp retains its medieval allure with an abundance of cafe-filled cobbled lanes, riverside fortresses, and an impressive cathedral. So what are you waiting for? Download the Antwerp travel Guide and Offline Map now!
The picturesque 16th-century building was built as a home and studio by baroque superstar painter Pieter Paul Rubens. Unfortunately the stunning palatial residence was left in ruins until 1937 when it was extensively restored. The building is indeed jaw-dropping with a baroque portico, rear facade and exquisite formal garden. The furniture all dates from Rubens’ era, although it's not part of the original decor. Fourteen Rubens canvases are displayed, along with some wonderful period ephemera.
2. Grote Market
What is a Flemish city without its signature medieval Grote Markt or Market Square? The triangular shaped, pedestrianised space features a baroque Brabo Fountain depicting Antwerp’s giant-killing, hand-throwing legend. Flanked on two sides by very photogenic guildhalls, the square is dominated by an impressive Italo-Flemish Renaissance-style stadiums, completed in 1565.
3. The Jane
If you're looking for a truly gastronomic experience with a splash of aesthetically pleasing modern art then The Jane is the place to be. Antwerp's most dramatic restaurant is the perfect marriage of fine dining and rock and roll. Architect Piet Boon did not shy away at with restoring what once was a military-hospital chapel in its decaying state. Paired with the already sumptuous architecture is an even more sumptuous offering by Michelin-starred chef Sergio Herman.
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