When in Antwerp it is almost impossible to miss the Cathedral of Our Lady. The Roman Catholic cathedral has one of the most impressive and finest Gothic structures in Europe. Built in 1351, it took 169 years of construction before being completed in the year 1521.
Today Antwerp's majestic cathedral dominates the city's skyline with a height of 123 meters. The Cathedral is a is a masterpiece of lacework in stone, a truly iconic treasury. The interior is a striking blend of Baroque decor with a magnificent collection of major artworks, including a series of paintings by famous Baroque painter Rubens. The cathedral is one that can be appreciated both from outside and inside. The spire is visible from many areas of the city and rarely fails to take one’s breath away. An entry fee to the cathedral applies and guided tours are available.
"The Grand-Place is the central square of the City of Brussels. All over the world it is known for its decorative and aesthetic wealth. The Grand-Place is surrounded by the guild houses, the City Hall and the Maison du Roi.
The Grand-Place is considered as one of the most beautiful places of the world. The Grand-Place of Brussels was registered on the World Heritage List of the UNESCO in 1998."
"Manneken-Pis was at first a fountain that played an essential role in the former distribution of drinking water since the 15th century. The system was well-known in all of Europe. Towards the end of the 17th century, the statue became more and more important in the city life. It was also a survivor of the bombardment of Brussels in 1695. Manneken-Pis became a precious good and enjoys a ceaselessly growing glory.
During big events, we adorn him with luxurious clothes. We know that in the 18th century, Manneken-Pis was dressed at least 4 times a year. Since he lost his main function in the network of water conveyance of the City in the 19th century, Manneken-Pis gradually became an image and symbol of the Brussels folklore, the joy of the inhabitants and their capacity of self-mockery."
The City Museum of Antwerp is situated in the heart of the old harbour, close to the city centre. It is a 60 metres high tower of stacked exhibition spaces. Each level is twisted 90 degrees to form a giant spiral.
This glazed space becomes a vertical galleria. Escalators guide the visitors to the top of the building in a journey through the history of Antwerp and through the panoramas of the city. On the upper floor a restaurant, a conference room and a sky deck are situated. Square, docks and tower are designed to form one continuous space for exhibitions and events.