After 169 years of construction the cathedral of Antwerp finally dominated Antwerp's skyline in 1521 with a height of 123 metres. It's the highest Gothic building in the Low Countries. It took 169 years (1352-1521) of labour to raise the 123m heavenward-reaching steeple of the Cathedral, the highest Gothic building in the Low Countries. The Cathedral is an iconic treasury, with an impressive collection of major art works, including a series of paintings by Rubens. Now, after twenty years, the seven-naved church has been restored to its former architectural glory. Fascinating features include Rubens’ ‘Elevation of the Cross’ and his ‘Descent from the Cross’. Any visit to Antwerp starts with a visit of the Cathedral of Our Lady.
We passed by several times but there was always a que. This time we had a luck. Entrance fee is not cheap but it was worth to pay it. It is one of the best Gothic cathedrals we have seen with nice small art exhibition (incl Rubens). Great place who like old architecture and paintings.
The most beautiful place in Antwerp, for sure! This Gothic style cathedral is probably the focal point of beauty in the entire city of Antwerp. It's full of intricate works. And I mean both on the outside and on the inside. Made out of stone, out of wood, painted - the cathedral has it all. Once you're inside and you're lucky enough to hear the organ play, you will be blown away by this experience. The tall style of the building and the organ will really shake you to the core and make you feel awe. Another great thing is the area around the cathedral, on the outside. There are many beautiful historic houses and it's the perfect place to feel and experience what the place might have been like back in history. It's definitely a trip that's worth doing for anyone. Even if you don't usually like cathedrals or churches or mass - you don't often get to see a gigantic monument of culture like this one. It's the real experience and will make you and whoever is coming with you remember what's possible for humans. If we work together, we can even build a giant, beautiful building to come together for hundreds of years.
One of the most beautiful places in Belgium. Nice shopping zone inside. Great picture can be taken.
Looks fantastic from the outside, and so does it from the inside, too. The Christmas Mass yesterday was beautiful, even for those not being deeply religious. The Rubens collection inside is simply fantastic, it's a little piece of history and it also is surprising to see how openly they are exhibited contrary to some museums also holding masterpieces from Rubens. A must see place if visiting Antwerp!