Carolus Borromeus Church, Antwerp

#6 of 15 in Historic Sites in Antwerp
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
Visit Carolus Borromeus Church to see masterpieces by Peter Paul Rubens and other Flemish painters. The church's interior has a rather sad history. Thirty-nine panels painted by Rubens once covered the ceiling, but in 1718 a lightening strike ignited the roof and the murals were destroyed. Fortunately, some of his work remains in the altarpiece. Note the ornately carved altars in the alcoves that rise to the ceiling, reflecting the splendor of the Baroque period. Look up to see life-size statues of saints and religious figures in the niches along the walls. You'll see dramatic allegorical paintings installed around the interior; you can admire their imagery from the pews while you observe a service. Located on a central square, the church is surrounded by vibrant street life, including musicians and performers, as well as a row of cafes and restaurants. Using our custom trip planner, Antwerp attractions like Carolus Borromeus Church can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The church was unfortunately closed for public on 19-20 September 2020. So I could only watch it from the outside. Only church attendance was allowed.  more »
  • Carolus borromeus is a gorgeous baroque church in the centre of antwerp. It is well worth a (free) visit. On some days there are volunteers giving free tours.  more »
  • One of the most beautiful churches in baroque style from Antwerp. 🌹After the fire a few years ago they've did a marvellous job in restoring it. 🥰 Go see this church and absorb the beauty.🙏😇
  • It's such an amazing church. Beautiful and worth the visit. Have a drink in one of the many cafe's or restaurants nearby.

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