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Carolus Boromeus Church, Antwerp: 44 reviews and 53 photos

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The Carolus Borromeus Church is one of the nicest buildings in Antwerp. This typical Baroque church was build by the Jesuits from 1615 untill 1621. Francois Aguillon and friar Peter Huyssens were leading a team to build this church during the Contrareformation.
The prestigeous project had just one purpose; to get people back to church. After the influence of the Calvinists, this wasn't an easy job.
Rubens designed the decoration on the front, the top of the tower and the interior. Unfortunatly 39 of the paintings on the ceilling and most of the marble was lost in a fire in 1718. The apsis of the main altar and the chapel of Maria survived, showing a glimpse of the former beauty of this building.
The new interior includes several masterpieces. Especialy the confessingchairs are decorated with splendid sculptures.The central painting above the main altar changes from time to time. The mechanisme to do so is the original one and is still working.
I like this church even more than the Cathedral of our Lady. If I ever were to mary in a church, it would deffinatly be here.

Address: H. Conscienceplein 6, 2000 Antwerpen
Directions: Walk from the Grote Markt to the Kaasrui. Walk straight on for about 500 m.
Nearest tramstop: Melkmarkt (line 10 and 11)

Phone: +32 3 272.20.23
Website: http://www.topa.be/sint-carolus-borromeuskerk/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 10, 2005
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