"'t Stad: My Antwerp" Top 5 Page for this destination Antwerp by Helga67
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Antwerp:"It's easy to get to, you see countless different nationalities together in the market place and you can find whatever you might want."
This description is still perfectly apt in the 21st century, but the words themselves stem from the 16th century, when master printer Christopher Plantin was explaining to Pope Gregory XIII why he had set up his printing works in Antwerp. In the 17th century, the city was visited by Sir Dudley Carleton. As English ambassador to Italy and afterwards to the northern Low Countries, he was a much-travelled man and so his judgement may be trusted when he described Antwerp as, "This is undoubtedly the most beautiful city I have ever seen".
Another hundred years on, the Mozarts passed through the city. Wolfgang played the cathedral organ and father Leopold noted, "I have never seen so much white and black marble and such a wealth of wonderful paintings, mainly by Rubens."
In the 19th century, Victor Hugo was surprised that as he stepped back to get a good view of one monument he would collide with another. "This city is delightful" he wrote.
See yourself as one of a long line of famous visitors to the biggest city in Flanders. Discover for yourself this effervescent trading, artistic and cultural centre with its typical atmosphere of a port for the ships of the world: cosmopolitan, slightly exotic and at the same time so hospitable. You'll feel at home straight away, since life is good in the city and your hosts, the Antwerp 'Signors', still have a strong Burgundian feel for high living. They'll look after you ... and maybe even quote you some day.
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