Groenplaats - Green Square, Antwerp

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    Groenplaats

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 25, 2009

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    Until the 18th century, this was Antwerp's main cemetery. Then, while the city was under Austrian control, Emperor Joseph II ordered the cemetery re-located outside the city, whereupon the space became the central square. Hence the name "Groenplaats", which means "Green Square". In 1848, a statue of painter Peter-Paul Rubens was placed in the center of the square.

    This is one of the city's main eating places and social hangouts. It's also the ideal starting point for tourists.

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    Louise-Marie: The smallest, not the ugliest

    by Norali Updated Mar 5, 2008

    Here I was this morning watching a Tv program on home design, interiors. For some reason, I've been aware, these weeks, that this French TV on the cable sometimes airs programs produced by RTL-TVI (Belgian, French-speaking media group). Off course, something Belgian uses to tick my interest, esp. if it's about Belgian food, home design, interiors, fashion... So, it has become with great expectation that I wait for this program. Most often, if it's Belgian, I'd stick to the canal, else I may wait for awhile to see whether it really interests me, select and switch canal if needed. lol
    Today, amongst other subjects, they introduced the smallest house in Antwerp. They talked about some odd dimension: 2.6m width and showed the small facade. Already, I was curious about how to fit in there, how they did. Then, the visit of the interior. Gosh! Charming! Seen on my screen, it didn't seem that small. Mostly, it was wonderfully restaured and furbished. Romantic with varying theme for each bedroom (4 in total!).

    The "human-size dollhouse", as it was dubbed, bearing the name of Louise-Marie (spouse of a French King), its owner explained it had to live up to its... name. No wonder they favoured rich velvet on some furniture, pastel shades, great attention to details like Lys motives on materials. Romantic but not too much. Hate it when a house interior is too of a style. Here, it was elegant, balanced and made to fit the narrowness without conveying claustrophobia. I was even more impressed when, at the end of the program, the presenter listed 90 sq.m spread over 4 storeys with 4 bedrooms, one living-room, 1 bathroom (classic and refined, from I could see) and 1 kitchen. Didn't know whether it's open for visit. Didn't know the exact location, except that it is off Groenplaats.

    Last resort: the net. There, I saw the address I post below and other info. The pic you see of the dining table doesn't make justice to Louise-Marie, imho. The bedrooms are wow!
    Most important, it is a Holiday Home (from Antwerpen city website), so it doesn't matter whether it is open for visit or not, one thing is sure, you could rent it & stay there during your visit to the city. A big advantage: its location in the heart of the city.

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    Have a Beer on the Groenplaats

    by DanielF Updated Dec 17, 2007

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    One of the largest squares in the Old Town of Antwerp is the so-called Green Place, dominated by the lateral façade of the Cathedral of Our Lady and full of restaurants, pubs and sidewalk cafés. I do not know the reason why it is called Green Place, as it looks rather like a large concrete esplanade. It did not always like this, though, as the city's main cemetery used to be located here, until the Emperor Joseph II forbid burial places within the walled cities in the 19th century.

    The North side of the square is occupied by the former Grand Bazar department store, which now houses a Hilton hotel.

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    Square

    by rita_simoes Written Jun 24, 2007

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    me, Rubens, the Cathedral and the rain...

    It used to be a cemetery (:S) and a parking lot (what a shame!), but fortunately now it is a beautiful square surrounded by restaurants and cafés where you can sit and enjoy what's happening around.

    In the middle of the square there is the Ruben's statue, built in 1843, with the Cathedral in the background.

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    Groenplaats

    by bjankovic Written Feb 24, 2007
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    This square is minutes from Grote Markt. It is dominated by the backdrop of the Cathedral of Our Lady. It housed the cemetery of the cathedral in medieval times. More recently it used to be a parking lot. There is a large numbers of cafes all around the square.

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    Groenplaats

    by ZiOOlek Written Feb 12, 2007

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    Rubens statue

    The Groenplaats or 'Green Place', one of Antwerp's most prominent squares is located right in the heart of the city's historic district. Not as green as its name suggests, the Groenplaats is a square bordered mainly by cafes. The cafe terraces are very popular with both tourists and locals and are a great place to try some of the many specialty beers.

    In the middle of the square there is a statue of Antwerp's famous painter P.P. Rubens.

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    by Nathalie_B Written Jan 16, 2007

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    This is one of the busiest squares of Antwerp. Although its name is translated from Flemish as "Green Place" it is far away from being green. But it is, definitely, the liveliest one. A statue of national painter, Rubens, right in the middle is surrounded by cafes and restaurants, of the square's edges. The most remarkable building is the Hilton Hotel which was a market place, once. For me, however, the most important building on this square is the Celtic Ireland bar, which serves the best Guinness I ever tried, this is why I keep coming back.
    It is hard to believe that this place used to be the city's largest cemetery, which now is a history, since the 18th century.
    Max, a tuny fries cafe is on the Groenplaats too, so if you happen to be there, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy some real Belgian fries.

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    Rubens

    by benidormone Updated Oct 29, 2006

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    One of the most important painters of Antwerp was of course the world famous Pieter Paul Rubens. If you like Rubens you should pay a visit to Antwerp, The house where he lived and worked is now a museum. Throughout the city many important paintings of Rubens can be seen on different locations.c*

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    by dejavu2gb Updated May 16, 2006

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    Groenplaats was in my opinion one of the highligts of Antwerp. The buildings around the square are really gorgeous, and especially with the Cathedral and all the Cafes around the sides, giving it a really nice atmosphere.
    The day we visited it was unfortunately raining lots, so we could not venture out to see too many sites, so we opted for sitting at one of the many bars overlooking the square having a few beers.
    The atmosphere was really nice and I can just imagine on a nice summers day that it will be packed with people all having a nice time!
    Unfortunately my pictures dont do the square its deserverd justice as it was raining loads and I did not want to get my camera wet, so I stood at a dry spot to take those pics.

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    Groenplaats – The Green Square

    by Diana75 Written Jan 3, 2006

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    Rubens statue in Groenplaats ��� The Green Square
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    This charming old square, dominated by Our Lady's Cathedral, is always full of locals and tourists sitting on the terrace of the nice restaurants and coffee shops that can e found here.
    In the middle of Groenplaats is the statue of Rubens, made in 1843 by the sculptor Geefs.

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    Famous Square

    by viddra Written Aug 23, 2005

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    This is yet another famous square in Antwerp, dominated by Our Lady's Cathedral.

    Around the square, there are numerous restaurants and cafés, packed with people who enjoy a good beer.

    In the middle of the square, there's the statue of famous artist, Rubens. It was made in 1840 by Geefs. If you take a closer look, you'll be able to read the words:'Behold the city and you will know where I found my inspiration'.

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    The Groenplaats

    by xiquinho Written Oct 19, 2004
    Green Place

    The Groenplaats or 'Green Place', one of Antwerp's most prominent squares is located right in the heart of the city's historic district. Not as green as its name suggests, the Groenplaats is a square bordered mainly by cafés. The café terraces are very popular with both tourists and locals and are a great place to try some of the many specialty beers.

    Until the 18th century, the Groenplaats was Antwerp's central cemetery. During the Austrian occupation, emperor Joseph II abolished cemeteries inside the city walls, so it was converted into a square. In 1843 a large crucifix in the middle of the square was replaced by a statue of Antwerp's famous painter P.P. Rubens.

    The square has seen some improvement over the years, with the construction of an underground parking and the destruction of an ugly parking building which was replaced by a postmodern building. The most interesting building on the square is the exemplary renovated 1920 Grand Bazar, now a Hilton Hotel.

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    Groenplaats

    by Imbi Written Jun 10, 2004

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    The Groenplaats or Green Place is the main square of Antwerp. It used to be the central cemetery during the rule of Austrian but later on it was converted into a square. There are large numbers of cafes could be find around that square, which are popular in tourists as well as in locals.

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    Peter Paul Rubens

    by Imbi Written Jun 10, 2004

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    Peter Paul Rubens was born in Germany but his family moved to Antwerp and moved back to Germany and came back aging to Antwerp. Peter Paul Rubens is believed to be the first one to introduce the modernization of Baroque. He worked for kings, Mayors and rich people during his era.


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    Statue of Rubens

    by filipdebont Updated Apr 20, 2004

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    Statue of Rubens

    In the middle of the Groenplaats you see the statue of the master of painters : Pieter Paul Rubens.

    It dates from 1843.

    You can visit the Rubens house at the Wapper (direction of the Meir,

    Last weekend (18 April 2004) there was a big family reunion of the Rubens family. More then 500 family members came to the Groenplaats for a family picture in front of the statue of their relative Pieter Paul Rubens. It was on National television and in the Monday newspapers.

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