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Jewish Quarter, Antwerp

The Jewish Quarter in Antwerp is often referred to as a Shtetl (Yiddish for village or small town) due to the high population of about 15000 Jews, several of them being Orthodox and Hasidic.

The Jewish Quarter in Antwerp is often referred to as a Shtetl (Yiddish for village or small town) due to the high population of about 15000 Jews, several of them being Orthodox and Hasidic. They have traditionally been engaged in the city's diamond business, the first Jews having arrived in 1492 from Spain and Portugal. The Jewish diamond shops can be found along Pelikaanstraat starting from the Central Station, and the community has settled in the vicinity. Walk around to see the kosher establishments, synagogues, schools and institutions. Highlights include the Eisenmann Synagogue on Oostenstraat, Hollandse Synagogue on Bouwmeesterstraat, and Beth Moshe Portuguese Synagogue in Hovenierstraat.


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About Jewish Quarter

 Antwerp, Belgium

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Jewish Quarter and Nearby Sights on Map

Diamond District

Antwerp's famous Diamantkwartier or Diamond District lies to the south and southwest of the central station, along Pelikaanstraat

Central Station

Counted among the most beautiful railway stations in the world, the Antwerp Central Station is definitely worth visiting even if you are not arriving or leaving by train

Antwerp Zoo

The Antwerp Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world, dating back to 1843

Aquatopia

The Aquatopia is an aquarium with over 10000 fishes and reptiles in the basement of the Radisson Blu hotel

Van Wesenbekestraat

Antwerp's Chinatown is situated along Van Wesenbekestraat

Museum Ridder Smidt van Gelder

The Museum Ridder Smidt van Gelder houses the decorative art collection of Peter Smidt van Gelder (1878-1956) at his Beaux-Arts residence

Antwerp Begijnhof

The Begijnhof (Beguinage) was a monastery for beguines - women who lived like nuns without taking their vows

Bourla Theatre

Bourla Theatre is a 19th century neo-classicist theatre building designed by architect Pierre Bourla

Meir Antwerp

Meir is Antwerp's foremost shopping destination, lined with patrician Rococo buildings housing fashion boutiques and clothing retailers

Rubenshuis

Rubenshuis on the Wapper was the home and studio of acclaimed artist Peter Paul Rubens where he stayed from 1610 till his death in 1640