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Plantin & Moretus Museum

This museum is unique and part of Unesco World Heritage.
It is a beautiful house where books where actually printed since the late 16th Century. It features 2 of the oldest printing presses in the world.
I first visited the museum child with my grandparents when I was about 6 years old. It made a huge impression on me and I enjoy every visit.

Apr 21, 2013

Where did I find Rubens?

In Antwerp I saw only four masterpieces by Pieter Paul Rubens in Our Lady's Cathedral (Onze Lieve-Vrouwkathedraal).

But I was lucky to visit a few more museums with his works of which I liked most: Louvre in Paris, El Prado in Madrid and the Dresden Gallery in Dresden, Germany.

Where to find Rubens works outside Antwerp?

1. Austria:
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
2. France:
Louvre, Paris
3. Germany:
Gemaldegalerie, Berlin
The Dresden Gallery, Dresden
Alte Pinakothek, Munich
Schloss Sanssouci, Potsdam
4. Italy:
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Palazzo Pitti, Galleria Palatina, Florence
5. Hungary:
Szepmuveseti Muzeum, Budapest,
6. Ireland:
National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
7. Netherlands:
Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam
8. Liechtenstein:
Sammlung Forst von Liechtenstein, Vaduz
9. Romania:
Art Museum, Bucharest
10. Russia:
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
11. Spain:
Museo del Prado, Madrid
12. Switzerland:
Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Lugano-Castagnola
13. UK:
British Museum, London
National Gallery, London

- The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
- Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
- J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu (Los Angeles), CA

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Jan 03, 2004

Peter Paul Rubens and the Rubens-school

Antwerpen is the town of Peter Paul Rubens and you can visit his house here (see must see activities). His paintings are to be seen in museums and a few churches, like the cathedral itself. Being in Antwerpen and not enjoying a topwork of art by this master would be a pitty. He was also the founder of a painters school that - following his line at first, but later became responsible for many other styles - delivered quite some famous painters to our world.

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Nov 02, 2003


Location :Kon. Astridplein 19-23
2018 Antwerpen
In this museum the entire process of diamond mining and processing can be viewed. Note that Antwerp is the world centre of diamond processing and of the diamond trade.

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Sep 01, 2002
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We have a nice collection of...

We have a nice collection of 15th and 16the century paintings at the Museum of Fine arts.
Remember that on Friday afternoon, the city musea are open without admittance.
On Thursdays many of them are opened till 7 pm.
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Aug 25, 2002

There is a lot to do in an...

There is a lot to do in an around Antwerp.

We have a lot of good musea.

One of the most worthwhile visiting that is typical for Antwerp is the Plantin Moretus Museum, former house of the Plantin and Moretus families.

It goes back to the 16th century (the golden age of Antwerp) when Antwerp was the world's most important printing centre.

As we were under Spanish rule, and worldwide colonization of new discovered countries/colonies began, a lot of religious books (and others) were printed in Antwerp. At a certain point we printed about 1/3 of the books in the world.

We had the time of the humanists like Erasmus, Justus Lipsius...

World maps were made...

it was such a busy business! But also dangerous as you never knew who would invade your country next and what books were on the black list or forbidden literature.

Orders where still payed in real golden or silver coins and you still can visit the old store with all it's original attributes of that time.

On special guided tours you can even print your name on a real authentic printing machine of the same era.

View the travelogues!

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Aug 25, 2002

Opening of the new touristic...

Opening of the new touristic year 2002 in Antwerp, 22nd-24th of March.
With animation and happenings during daytime, concerts, special parties and a wonderful musical light show at the South of Antwerp with the beautiful Royal Museum of Fine Arts as background.
The music was life and the whole spectacle was wonderful.
Pity for your humbly 'reporter' I missed the train, the streetcars didn't drive that direction anymore after a certain hour and I came just in time to view the beginning.
The only place was at the very opposite of the street.
Can you imaging me with my 1,54 m trying to take these pics in that crowd of + 1,80m ! Frustrating LOL.
What was really frustrating were the tribunes that were pulled up for such a few priviledge people and that blocked the view of hundreds!
Hey Antwerp this is a message to you organisers ... this was a shame! how egoistic!
Treat every one equal next time or try to ask the owners of the surrounding appartments if they have some spare room for your VIPs!


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Aug 25, 2002


Rubens built his house in Antwerp during the years 1610-15. This large house served as both home and workshop. This house reflects the style of the Italian Renaissance that Rubens admired, incorporating classical arches, rustication, and sculpture. It was restored after 1937, and is now a public museum.
LOCATION : Wapper 9-11 - 2000 Antwerp.

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Aug 25, 2002
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"Drink the Elixir!"
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"Antwerp and area, viewed through the camera"
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"The biggest city of Flanders"
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"Pampered in Antwerp and a Bangelijke meeting :)"
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"'t Stad: My Antwerp"
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Antwerp is an ancient city, a...

Antwerp is an ancient city, a lot of museums that are worth
visiting. Normaly all prices include tips and taxes, but
it's appreciated to leave something extra, this is left
to your discretion. You will find out that most people
understand and speak english.

Aug 24, 2002

Try to make your visit to the...

Try to make your visit to the ZOO different and try to discover all the art forms that are there:
paintings, sculpture, landscape architecture, architecture, basreliefs.......

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Aug 25, 2002

Things To Do in Antwerp

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Royal Flemish Opera - Koninklijke Vlaamse Opera

The two largest cities in Flanders, Antwerp and Ghent, had two separate opera companies until 1981, when the two companies were merged to form the Flemish Opera. Now this joint opera company presents...
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I know we visited the zoo in Antwerp. It was near the railway station which had some bomb damage. The zoo is one of the oldest in the world, established on 21 July 1843. After the war (and after our...
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Located in the Jewish neighbourhood and often referred to as City Park,Stadspark is a 14 hectare park in the centre of the city.It has the shape of a triangle whose base to the south and the top to...
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Bourla Theater & Lounge

The Bourla Theatre is worth visiting whether you are going to a performance or not. The building looks great from the outside and inside. This theatre is from the 19th century and has 900 seats....
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Museum Mayer Van den Bergh

This small but attractive museum is named after the Antwerp art collector Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (1858-1901) and features many of the works of art that he collected in the late nineteenth...
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Cathedral of Our Lady

Considered the largest Gothic Cathedral in the lowlands, as it has been rebuilt over the 100's of years there are elements of renaissance, rococco and baroque in the architecture, as well as...
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