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St Jacobskerk (St James's Church)

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Address: Lange Nieuwstraat 75, Antwerp 2000, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 3 232 10 32

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Well worth stopping to see

The painter Paul Rubens is buried here. An interesting story regarding the Baroque 17th century interior…it is well preserved due to a priest who pledged allegiance to the French... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Linda B
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The painter Paul Rubens is buried here. An interesting story regarding the Baroque 17th century interior…it is well preserved due to a priest who pledged allegiance to the French revolutionaries who had just invaded the city. He was permitted to choose one church in Antwerp that would not be ransacked and this was the one. Unfortunately many of the original... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Misled by the unattractive exterior of this church with its bell tower that has never been finalized, few inhabitants of Antwerp and tourists know how beautiful Sint Jacobskerk really is. The 17th-18th century baroque interior is stunning and one of the richest in Northern Europe, as unlike many other churches and monasteries in Belgium, Sint Jacob hasn't been destroyed nor... More 

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Thank Veerle T
Warwick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Decide to go here after visiting rubens house. Not sure what to think of it. Very dusty and in need of some tender loving care.Although I did enjoy history and art work there, and would recommend a visit.

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Thank susan h
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Well worth visit but note it is only be open to the public from 1 April to 31 October (2-5pm). However if you attend service you can visit it for free. The exterior of the church is Gothic in style - the built started in Gothic period (15ct) and was completed in 17 ct when the style has changed. As... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

St. Jacobskerk (St. James' Church) is a early 16th century church built upon a resting stop for pilgrims seeking to visit the burial place of St. James the Great, for whom the church is named. Unfortunately, St. Jacobskerk seems to only be open to the public from 1 April to 31 October (2-5pm) each year. Within the church are artworks... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Truly stunning both from the outside and inside. Go for a service to get the full experience for free.

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Thank zchug
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Does not seem to allow for any visitors....too bad. Am not sure if we went at the wrong time as no there seems to be no information to be seen. Building looked beautiful though. Pity.

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Thank Taylordiva
Brecht, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Church was refurbished for some years, and is now open to the public. Tombe of Baroque Painter Peter Paul Rubens is located here.

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Thank plasiboo
Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Very beautiful church, where you can visit the tombstone of the worldfamous painter RUBENS, who lived in Antwerp

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las vegas, nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Right after Sunday mass, you can always get in for a short visit. It is a beautiful Roman catholic church. Services are offered in different languages. Priests are old and understaffed. Unfortunately, they seem to want to get the service over as quick as possible. Well located right off the main shopping street.

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