Carolus Borromeus Church, Antwerp

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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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. Using our custom trip planner, Antwerp attractions like Carolus Borromeus Church can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This is a beautiful looking church with a stunning façade. We visited the church in the evening, well after its closing time, so we could only enjoy its beautiful exterior. 
    This is a beautiful looking church with a stunning façade. We visited the church in the evening, well after its closing time, so we could only enjoy its beautiful exterior.  more »
  • It looks nice outisde, but the inside is even better. All in black, white and gold. But it remains not too heavyly decorated and it is just beautiful 
    It looks nice outisde, but the inside is even better. All in black, white and gold. But it remains not too heavyly decorated and it is just beautiful  more »
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  • Incredible woodwork inside. Quiet and respectful place. There is a small finding game for kids to play
  • Beautiful church with a genuine Ruben's painting near the altar. Loads of history attached to this Jesuit church. Find out more about the painting behind the altar. Worth a look.

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