Churches worth seeing
Cathedral of Our Lady
The Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal) on the Grote Markt was built between 1352 and 1521. With its 123 meter high tower, which is one of the city’s landmarks, it is the tallest church in the Benelux countries and of course the tallest building in the city. But the size of the interior of the five-aisled basilica is also considerable. 16,000 people find space inside the cathedral. Among other things, the monumental triptych “The Erection of the Cross” by Peter Paul Rubens can be admired there. The tower has a viewing platform from which Antwerp’s old town can be viewed. Note: according to computergees, Antwerp is a city of Belgium.
St. Andrew’s Church The St. Andrew’s Church (St. Andrieskerk) was built by the Augustinians and consecrated in 1529. Several partial demolitions and extensions of the building did not give it its present appearance until the middle of the 18th century.
The church is known for its impressive high altar.
St. Augustine Church
In the St. Augustine Church (St. Augustine Church) from the 17th century there are works by Peter Paul Rubens, Anthonis van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens.
The church can only be visited during regular cultural events.
Karl Borromäus Church
The baroque Karl Borromäus Church (St. Carolus Borromeuskerk) was built in 1621. In 1718, however, a fire destroyed large parts of the building and the splendid furnishings.
38 ceiling paintings by Peter Paul Rubens also fell victim to the flames. The Liebfrauenkapelle, which has been spared by fire and shines in baroque, marble opulence, testifies to its former splendor.
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St. Jacob’s Church
The Gothic St. Jacob’s Church was built between 1477 and 1656. Several works by Peter Paul Rubens are also housed here. The painter is also connected to the house of God in other ways.
Here the master married and here he is also buried. The interior of the church is baroque and features numerous works by well-known Antwerp artists.
The late Gothic Paulskirche (St. Pauluskerk) is a Dominican church and was consecrated in 1517. Important art treasures can be found inside the frequently rebuilt structure.
These include several paintings by the three famous Antwerp Baroque painters Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Anthonis van Dyck (1599-1641) and Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678).
University of Antwerp
The State University of Antwerp was founded in 2003 through the merger of the following three university institutions:
Universitaire Faculteiten Sint-Ignatius Antwerpen (Ufsia)
Rijksuniversitair Centrum Antwerp (RUCA)
Universitaire Instelling Antwerp (UIA)
Meanwhile around 15,000 students study here.
The university is structured as follows, with the following faculties in the city campus in the center of the city – the former Ufsia:
– Faculty of Social and Political Science
– Faculty of Law
– Faculty of Applied Economics
– Faculty of Literature and Philosophy
– The Faculties of Medicine ( Human medicine, pharmacy, biomedicine and veterinary medicine) are located on the “Drie Eiken” campus – the former UIA
– the natural science faculties are located on the Middelheim campus and on the Groenenborger campus .
Tel.: 0032- (0) 3 – 265 41 11
Institute for Tropical Medicine
The Institute for Tropical Medicine (ITM) – the former Prince Leopold Institute for Tropical Medicine – is a world-leading institute in the field of training and research in tropical medicine and the organization of health care in developing countries.
The institute was founded in 1906 on the initiative of King Leopold II (1835-1909). Originally it was supposed to be responsible for the health care of the then Belgian colony of the Congo.
The institute moved into its current building in 1931. Approx. 400 scientists and technicians work at the ITM. The institute is structured as follows:
– Institute for Microbiology
Department – Animal Health Department
– Department of Public Health
– Department of Clinical Sciences
Tel: 0032 – (0) 3 – 247 66 66
Opera houses, theaters
In addition to plays, concerts and readings are held here.
In the art and culture center “DeSingel” Belgian and international theater and dance productions are staged on a regular basis.
Koninklijk Ballet van Vlaanderen
The Royal Ballet of Flanders brings classical ballet to the stage.
De Vlaamse Opera
The Flemish Opera House is the seat of the renowned Royal Flemish Opera. In addition to Antwerp, there is also a Flemish theater in Ghent. Both theaters merged in 1988.
The current opera building opened in 1907. The design for the building in the neo-baroque style came from Alexis Van Mechelen and Emiel Van Averbeke.
The opera has space for around 1,000 visitors.
Theater am Fluss
The Theater am Fluss (Theater aan de Stroom) has three halls. The small hall offers space for 123 people, but can be expanded to 138 seats if necessary.
The large hall has 269 seats with the possibility of increasing the number to 300. The Poly Saal has 150 seats and can be expanded to 170.
The foyer even seats 600 people and can eat and drink here. Not least because of its music system, the space is well suited for celebrations.
The theater’s repertoire is broad, including “La Traviata” by Verdi, “King Lear” by Shakespeare, “Charley’s Aunt” by Brandon Thomas
or the musical “The girl with the sulfur woods” by Jan Coeck – based on the fairy tale of the same name by Christian Andersen – for performance.
Tel.: 0032 – (0) 3 – 290 60 63