"Het Steen" Het Steen - National Maritime Museum Tip by filipdebont

  Het Steen
by filipdebont

Het Steen, is the oldest still existing building in Antwerpen (ca 1200).

In fact these are the remains of a much bigger fortress, that was built to protect the walled inner city.
It was also the house of the Burgrave.

The cross opposite the entry recalls to the time that Het Steen was used as a prison. In front of this Cross the convicts who were sentenced to death made their last prayer.

Nowadays Het Steen is used as a museum. Here is located the National Maritime Museum. It contains a beautiful collection of old and not so old ship models, paintings, pictures, maritime utensil, ship parts, instruments and decorations.

Address: Steenplein 1
Directions: near De Schelde
Phone: + 32 (0)3-201 93 40
Website: http://www.visitantwerpen.be/detail/steen-castle-171272

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  • Updated Apr 20, 2004
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