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The old castle named Gaasbeek is one of most striking sights of Antwerp. The castle was built in the 16th century. The first fortifying facility appeared on the territory of the modern castle back in the 12th century. However, it couldn’t avoid the total destruction. Gaasbeek is one of the most significant historical landmarks of the country. Among the religious attractions of the city we can’t fail to note is Saint Charles Borromeo Church built in the early 17th century. It is a beautiful architectural monument of the Middle Ages built in magnificent Baroque style. The walls of the church keep 39 works by Rubens. The pictures suffered greatly during the fire, but they were carefully restored.
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You should definitely visit Plantin-Moretus Museum, the collection of which is devoted to the history of typography. The museum contains a large library, which stores copies of rare and old books. The halls of the museum are decorated with exquisite decor items, many of which have a long history of more than one hundred years. Museum of Diamonds is, without a doubt, no less interesting. The treasury of the museum stores priceless jewelry. Some of the masterpieces were created by goldsmiths in the 16th century. Koh-i-Noor - the most beautiful diamond in the world - is also stored here. Other local attractions that are worth visiting include Hoogstraat Street, which is the location of numerous historic buildings. You will also find here lots of interesting shops and souvenir outlets.
During an excursion to Maritime Museum visitors can learn much interesting about the development and establishment of the local port area. The location of the museum is also very interesting – you will visit a beautiful Steen Castle, so this place of interest is attractive not only as a museum but also from an architectural point of view. The museum’s collection consists of a number of interesting exhibits connected with sailing. You will also find here some beautiful models of ancient ships. Visitors can make photographs and step onto the decks of beautiful ships and explore their environment. Grote Markt Square is surely a great place for observing. Numerous beautiful historic buildings are located around it. This place is particularly attractive during the Christmas season as the square turns into a huge market.
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Cityguide on OrangeSmile.com - fascinating sightseeing in Antwerpen, Belgium. The spots and sights 'must visit' and 'must see' once you are in Antwerpen: temples, museums, architectural and historical monuments. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the popular places of Antwerpen.