A Visit to Antwerp, Belgium

Recently a friend had a business trip here in Europe and delighted us by spending a couple of extra days as our guest.  He wanted to see some sites while he was here, so we decided to visit Anterp for the day.

Unfortunately it was a foggy cold day, but at least it didn’t rain.  Unfortunately the gray skies didn’t make the best backdrop.

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But as the day wore on, the fog did lift a bit.

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We visited the Cathedral of Our Lady and had a stroll around there.  It took almost 2 centuries to complete this magnificent cathedral!

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It was interesting because our friend is Catholic, and he was able to give us some perspective on various things.  And it contained some beautiful priceless artwork.

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And it had tombs!  The girls were both fascinated and a little unsure of that!!

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I’m not entirely sure what these are on the floor.  At first I thought they were grave markers, but I figured people would not be allowed to walk on them if that were the case.  So I believe they are stones that families maybe purchased to memorialize their loved ones.  Or perhaps important people of the church.  Not sure, but I have yet to see something like this in any other church or cathedral we have been in so far.

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Then we walked around the Town Hall – built between 1561 and 1565 and Market Square.  The statue is an image of the Madonna, holy protector of the city.

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After strolling through Market Square, we made our way to the busy shopping district of Antwerp.  Tons of people were here!

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While we didn’t go in, I had to take a picture of the McDonalds…because it was just pretty! It’s not often you see beautiful crown molding and chandeliers in a fast food joint.

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We will definitely go back to Belgium and explore this city some more on a nicer day.  Belgium doesn’t get much credit here in Europe, but I’m finding some gems about this country that I can’t wait to explore further.

 

 

 


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