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Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp is a historic city in the Flemish (Dutch-speaking) region of Belgium. With a population of about 510,000, it is the largest municipality in Belgium.

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Sacred Sites and Religious Attractions in Antwerp

  • Antwerp Cathedral
    Built from 1352 to 1520, Antwerp's magnificent Gothic cathedral is the pride of the city. It is the largest church in the Low Countries and houses four original Rubens masterpieces.
  • Jewish Quarter (Diamond Quarter)
    Antwerp is home to about 15,000 Jews and one of the largest ultra-Orthodox communities in the Diaspora. The city's 30 synagogues are all Orthodox.
  • St. Carolus Borromeus
    Built 1615-21 by the Jesuits, very Baroque church was partly designed by Peter Paul Rubens. Its splendid facade and opulent interior have earned it the nickname "Marble Temple."
  • St. Jacobskerk
    Originally an inn for pilgrims on the road to Santiago, this parish church was greatly enlarged by wealthy merchants in 1491. It is best known for sheltering the tomb of the artist Peter Paul Rubens.