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Rubenshouse, Antwerp: 52 reviews and 70 photos


After Rubens' death in 1640, his second wife, Helena Fourment, continued to live in this house for five years. Then, it was rented to Lord Cavendish, a confidant of King Charles I of England, who established a Spanish riding academy. In 1660, the heirs of Rubens sold the premises. It was then occupied by various owners. As from the second half of the 18th century, the Rubenshuis underwent various alterations and renovations, to pass into oblivion.

During the 19th century however, there was growing awareness that the residence should be converted into a monument. Following long administrative procedures, the dwelling was expropriated 1 August 1937 and renovation began. The public had to wait until 21 July 1946 before they were allowed in. Today, the Rubenshuis has achieved the aura of a pearl of magnificent cultural heritage.

Reduced ticket was 4 Euro.

Address: Wapper 9-11, 2000 Antwerpen
Directions: side street of the shopping street Meir
Phone: + 32 (0)3-201 15 55

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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