"The Treasure room of St. Paulus" Church: Saint Pauls church Tip by ATLC

Church: Saint Pauls church, Antwerp: 12 reviews and 12 photos


The newly built treasure room is like a fairytale from 1001 Nights. It is a prestigious collection of art objects that hold testimony to piety and faith throughout eight centuries of piety and faith.

Only 70 of the hundreds of objects are on show: relic holders, ceremonial staffs, pyx, chalices, books, statues, crowns, liturgical mass vestments, and finally monstrances, abundantly set with diamonds.

The monstrance made by the Antwerp jeweler Jean Pierre Verschuylen cannot go unmentioned. It's a colossal 10 kilo weighing object with 500 diamonds and standing 105 cm. tall. It shows the consecrated host in a ray of lights so blinding that it made Saint Paul fall off his horse (the conversion of Saint Paul).

Summarized and translated by ATLC, from Sint-Pauluskerk Historische Gids by Raymond Sirjacobs.

For me there were two highlights: the Act of Consecration and in the vault, the silver dove pendant (which stands for the Holy Ghost), set with the oldest known Antwerp diamonds.

Address: Veemarkt , 2000 Antwerp
Directions: at 5 minutes walk to the North from the Big Market Square
Phone: +fax: +32(0)3-232 32 67
Website: http://www.topa.be/sint-pauluskerk/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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