|Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedral and friend.|
|Some distinctive Belgian buildings. Grote Markt, Antwerp.|
When we finally arrived in Antwerp, the magnificent train station was a welcoming beacon of relief. It is still, I think, the most beautiful I've seen. Remembering this, I decided it was time to pay another visit to the city and make a proper exploration.
|The cathedral entrance.|
Even if you are not Catholic, cathedrals such as this one are a great place to see amazing artwork and craftsmanship. Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedral has on display many original paintings by masters such as Peter Paul Rubens, who lived in Antwerp.
|Paintings are displayed everywhere you look.|
|The Raising of the Cross, Rubens, 1610|
|Don't forget to look up! The Assumption of the Virgin, Cornelis Schut|
Besides the paintings, there are plenty of finely carved wooden statues. Some are diminutively tucked around corners and in cubby holes to unexpectedly catch your gaze with their vivid expressions. Others are arranged in a long row lining one wall, a procession of men and women in various states of emotion.
The stone carvers also made their mark, with finely decorated altars bathed in jeweled sunlight streaming through stained-glass.
|Window representing various trade unions.|
Those excited by dates and history will be interested in the many internment stones dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. The degree of wear on these stones also suggest which areas had the highest amount of foot traffic over the years, with several worn almost completely smooth by millions of feet shuffling in slow awe.
Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedral
Groenplaats 21 (near the Grote Markt)
Entrance € 6,00, kids under 12 free