Groenplaats (Green square), Antwerp
Groenplaats, or `green square' is Antwerps city centre. The name referes to the cemetary of the cathedral that used to be there in medieval times, and was enbordered with little trees and greenery. The cemetary was removed in the 17th century, by the then emperor of Austria, since it was considered unhygenic to have cymetaries in city centres...
The statue of Peter Paul Rubens and the imposing figure of Our Lady's Cathedral are the some of the prominemt visual landmarks of Antwerp.
A Landmark all on its own, the HILTON ANTWERP is a very beautiful historical building. It used to be the department store "Grand Bazaar".
It is ideally located right on the Groenplaats, a block from the Cathedral and two blocks from the Grote Markt.
You will probably want to send a postcard
to your family and friends.
Please don't use ordinary stamps.
(alberrekes - with the head of our king)
Since the general postoffice is at the groenplaats ,
walk in and buy some arty or historical ones.
Take a number and in the meanwhile visit
the cardshop at the back.
Even the building might worth giving some notice.
The public area is called 'the marble parlor'.
Favorite thing: If you visit Antwerp it is always nice to send a postcard to your family or friends. This building is the head post office, if you need stamps or cards buy them here!! Address : Groenplaats 43 For more info go here!!
As soon as the sun comes out the people will come outside and enjoy a great belgian beer in the sun.
This pic is taken at february 22nd, it was the first good day of the year. And although the sun was shining the temperature was not high, that is why everybody is wearing a coat.
This square is located at the end of the shopping street 'Meir' and is a good starting place for your visit to the 'old town'. It's a big square, which offers a magnificent view of the cathedral of Antwerp. One side of the square is almost entirely dominated by the Hilton Hotel, on the other sides, you'll find a lot of pubs and restaurants.
When the sun shines, a lot of Antwerp people are passing their free time outside on the terraces of the pubs, enjoying a drink and looking at the people (mostly tourists) passing by.
What do I like best about Antwerp? Probably the nightlife. There's quite a bit to see from a historic and cultural point of view in this city, but that's not what we enjoyed most. We enjoyed the evenings (and the afternoons) spent around the bars and cafes of the city centre. The food, the beers, the ambience... that's the memories we take home with us.
Fondest memory: See above! This and the memories of the times shared with our friends there.
Favorite thing: Visiting the Groenplaats (Green Square) where you can see the statue of P.P. Rubens. The Groenplaats gets its name from Green Churchyard, which was the cemetery of the Cathedral of Our Lady for many centuries. On this picture, you have a nice overview of the Green Square with the statue of P.P. Rubens and in the background the wonderful Cathedral of Our Lady.
visit the Groenplaats, here stands the statue of P.P.Rubens and you'll also have a nice view of the Cathedral while you are sitting at one of the bars who are located here...
Fondest memory: When I'm away from Antwerp I miss the city feeling... I'm always glad if I come somewhere where there are lot's of things to go or to do....
The 19th century statue of Pieter Pauwel Rubens (1577-1640), one of Antwerps (and the worlds) best known painters.
This prominent statue stands in the middle of Groenplaats.
Fondest memory: Sitting on one of the Groenplaats terraces, under a cloudless, sunny sky, and watching people go by.
In Antwerp there are many squares, and they all seem to be lined with pubs.
Behind the pubs you see the cathedral, easy to confess your sins after all the drinking...
Fondest memory: On warm afternoons the square can be really packed with people (tourists as wells as Antwerpians) who all enjoy a good beer (or something else) on the numerous terraces.