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The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal or Cathedral of Our Lady is one of the most impressive and largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe, built in 1353 - 1521.

Ravaged by the fire of 1533, and ransacked by Calvinist Protestants and French revolutionaries, the church had a tumultuous past before it was restored in the 19th - 20th centuries. The Brabant Gothic cathedral has a 123 m high north spire which is the tallest in the Benelux. It is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Belfries of Belgium and France. The interiors of the Cathedral have Baroque elements from the late 16th century after Antwerp fell to the Spaniards, and Neo-Classical elements from the post-French revolution years. There are 55 stained glass windows, of which Nicolas Rombouts’ Last Supper is the most well-known. Among the works of art in the Cathedral are masterpieces by Rubens including The Elevation of the Cross and The Descent from the Cross triptychs, The Resurrection of Christ, and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Other highlights of the cathedral are ●a 14th century Carrara marble statue of Madonna and Child by the anonymous Master of the Maasland marble Madonnas, ●16th century statue of Our Lady of Antwerp in the Mary chapel, ●18th century gilded Rococo tabernacle in the form of the Ark of the Covenant on the altar of the Guild of the Most Holy Sacrament, and ●the Metzier organ installed in 1993.

Guided tours of the Cathedral are available Monday through Saturday at 11 am and 2.15 pm all year round, and additionally at 3.45 pm in July – August on weekdays.



About Cathedral of Our Lady

 Antwerp, Belgium

 Nearest Transit: Groenplaats

Cathedral of Our Lady and Nearby Attractions on Map

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Grote Markt

Grote Markt(0.2 km)
Grote Market or Great Market Square in the old quarter is the historical centre of town, surrounded by typical medieval guildhalls that are common in most Flemish historical towns.

Diamond District

Diamond District(1.4 km)
Antwerp's famous Diamantkwartier or Diamond District lies to the south and southwest of the central station, along Pelikaanstraat.

Plantin Moretus Museum

Plantin Moretus Museum(0.3 km)
The Plantin Moretus Museum is one of the best printing museums in the world, and the only surviving printing workshop and publishing house in the world dating back to the Renaissance and Baroque periods.


Vlaeykensgang(0.2 km)
The Vlaeykensgang is a hidden medieval street near the Cathedral connecting Hoogstraat, Oude Koornmarkt and Pelgrimsstraat.

Jewish Quarter

Jewish Quarter(1.3 km)
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.

De Ruien

De Ruien(0.4 km)
De Ruien are former waterways around Antwerp, originally dug out in the 11th century as protective moats but later used for water supply, commercial activity and then as open sewers.

Carolus Borromeus Church

Carolus Borromeus Church(0.3 km)
The Carolus Borromeus Church is a 17th century Jesuit church with a striking Baroque façade inspired by Il Gesu in Rome.

Central Station

Central Station(1.4 km)
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.

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