Antwerp-Sint Andries, Antwerp
When Noro-Liva visited Antwerp last July 2003, I took her to the Munt plein.
There is this little open space (how long still?) where you can find a real treasure of graffiti!
The walls were covered with some real nice paintings.
It seems that on regularly base, they add new ones, because when I was here a few years ago, there were other graffiti's on the walls.
Panoramic picture! If you want to enjoy the full picture, then pls click on it to enlarge!
More graffiti pictures are in the travelogues!
Find this Virgin Mary statue in Sint Andrieskerk... Up to now, not unusual at all, you may say... I understand you.
In fact, her gown was designed by Ann Demeulemesteer, one of "The Six of Antwerp". The Six designers, who cleared Belgian fashion designers' way to fame. They all came from Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts.
Worth noticing: Ann Demeulemesteer is the only woman of the Six...
Visit the Muntplein in the Sint Andries quarter. The walls of the surrounding buildings are beautiful painted. The graffiti changes frequently, so it's always nice to come back and see the new works of art, because that is what they really are.
There are more pics in my travelogue.
There are many quaint little hidden alleys in Antwerp. From the outside it just looks like a house with a door, but behind this door there's a small alley to several small houses. It's not always easy to find these alleys but a good guide can be very useful.
This pic was taken in the "Lange Ridderstraat". I forgot the number but on the facade you can read "Witten Griffoen".
The Sint Andries quarter houses also more and more famous fashion shops. Between the area of the Nationale Straat and the Wilde Zee you will find a lot of (expensive) shops... but viewing is free.
One of Belgian most popular designers at this moment is Wild Walter, Walter van Beirendonk. He designed the costume of U2's Bono on his tour (the one before the Elevation tour).
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Some other places that are really hidden from the eye in that Sint Andries quarter are the little alleys.
It needs a guide to find them!
You can look up the tour on the photo album.
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Between the 'Zuiderterras' and 'het Zuid' (the South) is situated the area which is called the Sint Andries quarter.
Long long time ago, it used to be on the edge of the old town, an area of the poor, of prostitutes, of marginals, just near the old city walls.
It is still a popular area but it is getting more and more famous for it's Kloosterstraat, where you can buy antiques.
if you're interested in fashion, you can take 5 walks around the city that wil take you to shops, buildings, etc. which played an important role in development of Antwerp as a fashioncapital the last 50 years. You can get more information at the MODE2001website or telephone 070/23 37 99