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Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Antwerp, Belgium.

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The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal’s lace stonework spire is still the tallest structure of Antwerp’s skyline and the whole building is recognized as a major piece of intricate masonry and grand gothic design.

Though most of the cathedral’s extensive collection of art and religious treasures has been plundered by the Calvinists, three superb religious paintings by Rubens, ’The Raising of the Cross’, ’Assumption of the Virgin Mary’ and ’The Descent of the Cross’ remain on display.

The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal has 57 alters, harking back to Antwerp's heyday as a wealthy city with vieing guilds who all wanted their own alters, and 55 stained glass windows. The first church to stand on this spot was built during the 12th Century.

The cathedral is open to the public from 10am but closed during services.

Written by  Kynan Wieltz.

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Rubens' Masterpieces Enshrined

This is a stunning church both outside and inside. This cathedral showcases the works of Peter Paul Rubens including the Descent from The Cross, The Raising of the Cross and the Assumption.

It's ornate design and gothic architecture will beguile people of all ages.

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