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Cathedral of Our Lady
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$25.18*
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Ranked #11 of 169 things to do in Antwerp
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed October 13, 2013

We visited this church just as it opened, as a part of a tour group, so got in quite efficiently. Be forewarned; it was very crowded and quite noisy, but there is a LOT to see and explore. The real reason most people go is of course for the Rubens, but I was far more fascinated by the restoration work going on. Apparently the church was not originally just plain stone, but elaborately and brilliantly painted. The work that has not been done gives hints of what is to come, whilst parts that are complete are simply breath-taking.

I am recommending 2-3 hours for a visit, but if you like to putter and explore you could spend many hours.

Thank webgrazer
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Really beautiful cathedral made more memorable for the fact that was actually a service being conducted and so the church was filled with people and life which brought a different feel to how I imagine it would be empty

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Very well restored as well as the paintings of Rubens. Interesting to know that during the French Revolution in 1792 all these paintings were taken to France and after 1830 they came back to the new land Belgium on a cart.

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Reviewed October 6, 2013

This is a very attractive church, with a lot of simple white stone and some very elaborate wooden carvings, plus of course numerous paintings including several Rubens. The tower at the centre is lovely and lets in lots of light. Be aware that you will be charged an admission charge (euro 5) and that about 5-10 per cent of the church is undergoing renovation as at Oct 2013

Thank Huw W
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

The Cathedral of Our Lady was really impressive on it's own but it also houses many original works of art, several by Rubens. The inside of the building is undergoing a restoration and it was fascinating to see the old gray stone next to the restored stone that is now a brilliant white. Take your time while wandering through the cathedral. There are lots of details you won't want to miss.

Thank KJS35
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