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Cathedral of Our Lady featuring heritage architecture, a city and night scenes

The tallest church in Belgium is a stunning example of Gothic architecture and houses a number of European masterpieces.

The Cathedral of Our Lady is the tallest church in Belgium. Come to marvel at the sense of space and peace created within the cathedral’s vast nave, or browse some of Antwerpen artist Rubens’ finest works. Superb stained glass windows and statues add weight to the cathedral’s claim to being one of the finest in Europe.

You’ll see the Cathedral of Our Lady long before you approach its vast wooden doors and ornate stone facade. The 403-foot (123-meter) tower dominates the city skyline. The cathedral was built over a 169-year period between 1352 and 1521. It covers 2.5 acres (1 hectare), making it the largest building of its kind anywhere in Belgium or Holland.

Stop in the small square before the entrance and admire the high Gothic arches and intricately carved statues within the facade. At the foot of the southern spire you’ll see a monument to the church’s architect, Jan Appelmans.

Inside, the architecture is no less impressive. Seven naves make up most of the space, with the central nave the largest. Count the 48 white marble pillars lining the passageway leading toward the altar.

The altarpieces are by Antwerp’s most celebrated artist, Rubens. Four of his religious masterpieces, including the Raising of the Cross and the Resurrection Triptych are displayed throughout the cathedral. Look up as you walk around and you’ll be treated to beautiful works of stained glass. Fifty-five windows, including the Last Supper by Rombouts, reflect color into the church’s interior. Also noteworthy is the marble statue of Madonna and the Child, created by the anonymous “Master of the Maasland Marble Madonnas.”

The Cathedral of Our Lady is open every day with reduced hours on Sundays. It is located close to the Grote Markt in Antwerp’s historical center. Get there on foot or take the tram to Melkmarkt. There is a small fee for entry to the cathedral.

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Citybox Antwerp
Citybox Antwerp
2 Molenbergstraat, Antwerp, Vlaanderen
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The price is AU$77 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Located in University District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Antwerp Beguinage, Meir and Antwerp Zoo. Port of Antwerp and Cathedral of Our Lady are ...
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Hilton Antwerp Old Town
Hilton Antwerp Old Town
4 out of 5
Groenplaats 32, Antwerp
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The price is AU$188 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Green Square, Farmers' Tower and Cathedral of Our Lady. Antwerp Market Square and Plantin-Moretus Museum are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (974 reviews)
"Excellent location and very friendly, helpful staff. Highly recommend staying here."

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B&B Hotel Antwerp Centre
B&B Hotel Antwerp Centre
3 out of 5
36 Frankrijklei, Antwerp, Vlaanderen
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The price is AU$91 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Antwerp Zoo, Rubens House and Chocolate Nation. Cathedral of Our Lady and Antwerp Market Square ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (8 reviews)
"Super location. Great staff. Clean rooms and a good size bathroom. No amenities but who cares. Highly recommend!"

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2021

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Citybox Antwerp
Citybox Antwerp
2 Molenbergstraat, Antwerp, Vlaanderen
The price is AU$77 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
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Hilton Antwerp Old Town
Hilton Antwerp Old Town
4 out of 5
Groenplaats 32, Antwerp
The price is AU$188 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
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B&B Hotel Antwerp Centre
B&B Hotel Antwerp Centre
3 out of 5
36 Frankrijklei, Antwerp, Vlaanderen
The price is AU$91 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
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HotelO Kathedral Antwerp
HotelO Kathedral Antwerp
3.5 out of 5
Handschoenmarkt 3, Antwerp
The price is AU$126 per night from 1 Dec. to 1 Dec.
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Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp
Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp
4 out of 5
Koningin Astridplein 7, Antwerp
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ibis Antwerpen Centrum
ibis Antwerpen Centrum
3 out of 5
Meistraat 39, Antwerp
The price is AU$94 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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Hotel Rubens - Grote Markt
Hotel Rubens - Grote Markt
4 out of 5
Oude Beurs 29, Antwerp
The price is AU$213 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Hotel Rubens - Grote Markt
A-STAY Antwerpen
A-STAY Antwerpen
3.5 out of 5
86 Pelikaanstraat, Antwerp, Vlaanderen
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Century Hotel Antwerpen
Century Hotel Antwerpen
3 out of 5
Pelikaanstraat 20, Antwerp
The price is AU$99 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
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