Place Antwerp

Antwerp is the largest city in Belgium by area at 204.51 square kilometres and the capital of Antwerp Province in the Flemish Region. With a population of 520,504, it is the most populous city center in Belgium, and with a metropolitan population of around 1,200,000 people; it is the second-largest metropolitan region after Brussels.Antwerp is on the River Scheldt, linked to the North Sea by the river’s Westerschelde estuary. It is about 40 kilometres north of Brussels, and about 15 kilometres south of the Dutch border. The Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world, ranking second in Europe and within the top 20 globally. The city is also known as the hub of diamond industry and trade in the world. In 2020, the Globalization and World Cities Research Network rated Antwerp as a Gamma + Global City.Both economically and culturally, Antwerp is and has long been an important city in the Low Countries, especially before and during the Spanish Fury and throughout and after the subsequent Dutch Revolt. The Bourse of Antwerp, originally built in 1531 and re-built in 1872, was the world’s first purpose-built commodity exchange. It was founded before stocks and shares existed, so was not strictly a stock exchange.The inhabitants of Antwerp are nicknamed Sinjoren , after the Spanish honorific señor or French seigneur, “lord”, referring to the Spanish noblemen who ruled the city in the 17th century. The city hosted the 1920 Summer Olympics.

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World Heritage Site 2005
Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex

The Plantin-Moretus Museum is a printing plant and publishing house dating from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Situated in Antwerp, one of the three leading cities of early European printing along with Paris and Venice, it is associated with the h…

Atlas Obscura 2018
The Little Boat

Discover Het Bootje (The Little Boat) in Antwerp, Belgium: The patron of this extravagant Art Nouveau confection insisted that nothing less than a boat should project from its facade.

Atlas Obscura 2018
Wooden Escalators of St. Anna’s Tunnel

Discover St. Anna's Tunnel in Antwerp, Belgium: Rare wooden escalators lead deep down into an otherwise staggeringly monotonous tiled tunnel.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Lange Wapper Statue

Discover Lange Wapper Statue in Antwerp, Belgium: This legendary giant, born from vegetables, terrorized townspeople and cheated local children in games.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Brabo Fountain

Discover Brabo Fountain in Antwerp, Belgium: A man throwing a giant severed hand towers over Antwerp’s main square.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Cafe Beveren

Discover Cafe Beveren in Antwerp, Belgium: This small corner bar is home to a rare 1930s dance organ that still plays tunes for one Euro.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Museum Vleeshuis

Discover Museum Vleeshuis in Antwerp, Belgium: This former guildhall with a bacon-like exterior is now home to a museum covering 600 years of Antwerp's musical history.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Elfde Gebod

Discover Elfde Gebod in Antwerp, Belgium: According to this bar, God gave an “11th commandment” to Antwerp: Thou shalt drink beer.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Nello and Patrasche

Discover Nello and Patrasche in Antwerp, Belgium: This statue dedicated to the story of a Flemish boy and his dog was relatively obscure in Belgium, but a cult sensation in Japan.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Semini Sculpture

Discover Semini Sculpture in Antwerp, Belgium: This heavily worn bas-relief was once an honored fertility symbol.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Ruckersplaats Hands Monument

Discover Ruckersplaats Hands Monument in Antwerp, Belgium: Hidden along this old street in Antwerp is a surreal monument of a bronze arm sprouting four hands.

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Atlas Obscura 2019
Hand of Druon Antigoon

Discover Hand of Druon Antigoon in Antwerp, Belgium: The legendary giant's severed hand sits on Antwerp's popular shopping street.

Atlas Obscura 2020
The Whisperer

Discover The Whisperer in Antwerp, Belgium: This interactive sculpture allows visitors to leave a message in case a friend passes by.

Atlas Obscura 2019

Discover Kulminator in Antwerp, Belgium: To enter this cluttered-yet-cozy sanctum of Belgian brews, ring the bell and tell the gatekeepers you've come “to taste beer.”.

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MURAL – The wall as canvas