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Museum Plantin-Moretus

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Museum Plantin-Moretus

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Private tour : City of Rubens Antwerp Half-Day from Brussels

After your driver and your guide will pick you up at the lobby of your hotel, enjoy a personalized private tour in Antwerpfrom Brussels.<br><br>Antwerp, Belgium’s second largest city, boasts one of the largest harbours in the world. The railway station is a stunning building. It is said to be the most beautiful railway station in the world. Our Lady Cathedral is the largest gothic church in the Low Countries and it countless invaluable paintings by world class artists of the 17th century. The absolute masterpieces, however, are the Rubens paintings. Our guided walk through the old city starts at the impressive 13th century castle that guarded the city and its port. We will take you to the gothic guild houses at the Market Square. The river Scheldt is the cradle of Antwerp where the city built the MAS-museum, famous for its spectacular views of the harbour and the old city. In your free time, do try the local beer called a ’ Bolleke’.
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GoGo2SlowGo wrote a review Mar 2020
Denton, Texas1,541 contributions291 helpful votes
We found this museum while we were visiting the Vrijdagmarkt. The printing museum is a reflection on the work of two printers who dominated the town beginning in the 16th century. Mr. Plantin and Moretus modernized printing and the business was preserved and turned into a museum with more than 30 rooms. The museum has some artwork from Van Dyck and Rubens who were contemporaries of the two principal business owners. It's a fascinating history lesson.
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Date of experience: August 2019
05095coc wrote a review Mar 2020
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A sprawling and thoroughly engrossing soujourn through the home and business of one of the earliest great printing houses in Europe. Incredibly well-preserved furnishings and interiors in a complex (itself a major attraction) that includes a 17th Century bookshop (complete with a list of banned books), a roomful of original printing presses, an extensive private library, an enchanting courtyard, salons, living rooms, and even a forge for crafting custom typesets. All of this is accompanied by an enlightening guidebook (free) and a fascinating collection of original manuscripts and archive material. A must-see.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Patrick B wrote a review Feb 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom93 contributions34 helpful votes
We spent more than 2 hours here, and every room was fascinating, The exhibits are clearly explained, the guides are helpful, the house itself is lovely. Learning about the development of printing, the skills involved in producing the fonts, some of which we still use today. I was particularly fascinated by the collection of maps and anatomical illustrations where the historical, economic and religious background was clearly explained.Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Tony W wrote a review Feb 2020
Cambridge, United Kingdom356 contributions192 helpful votes
Old books and maps printed by a 16th century entrepreneur, together with explanations of the technology that was used - well worth a look around.
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Date of experience: January 2020
SamreenAhsanCanada wrote a review Jan 2020
Toronto, Canada446 contributions60 helpful votes
This is a unique experience. Even if you have children, do take them. You get to see old books since it was the first publishing house in Europe. Also, the first Dutch dicisbjeot there, along with first book of math containing Pythagoras theorem. You can see their press where they have hundreds and thousands of fonts and sizes and you realize how difficult it was to print a single book. Must see place for everyone. Also, they have a beautiful library
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Date of experience: December 2019
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