Our Lady’s Cathedral – Guided visits

The guided tours are provided by the TOPA guides (PAstoral service for TOurists),whose motto is:
“To look at art: more than just an instant glance”

Individual visits (free)

In Dutch
• Monday – Friday: 11h00 and 14h15 (sometimes 15h00 and 15h45)
• Saturday: 11h00 and 14h15
• Sunday and holidays: 14h15 (sometimes also at 15h00)

In other languages (FR, GE, EN, IT, SP)
• same days and hours as in Dutch, provided guides are available for these languages
• enquire at cathedral information desk

Group visits

The specialised TOPA guides are more than willing – if possible – to cater for any specific needs or interests of your group. Also possible after closing hours. Groups of maximum 20 persons per guide.

Booking: Three weeks ahead please
Cathedral information desk
Phone: +2 (0)3 213 99 51
E-mail: info@dekathedraal.be

Tours available to groups in the Cathedral

Discovering the cathedral

For centuries Our Lady’s Cathedral has been welcoming visitors from all corners of the world. The largest cathedral in the Low Countries is not only a great treasury but also a home for a living church community. We will be pleased to accompany you on your quest past P.P. Rubens and tens of less known artists, who created their masterpieces for people who feel at home in this House of God.

Be surprised by the beauty and the powerful stories that it hides. Many things are not as they seem…

Duration: 1u30 to 2u00
Price: € 6.00;  inhabitants of the Province of Antwerp: free
Guide: € 75.00

From the big garden to the small tower

A garden 16 ft. above street level and in the heart of Antwerp… For long this was a well-kept secret. How did it end up there and what is the relation between this garden and the unfinished cathedral tower? From this tower you can see Antwerp the way you never saw the city and the river Scheldt. You will also explore a number of hidden spots “behind the screens” and admire the age-old craftsmanship of roof carpenters and builders of vaultings and towers.

Duration: 2u00
Price: € 8.00
Guide: € 75.00

Beneath and above the vaultings

For centuries the vaultings of the cathedral have been a stone tent giving shelter to hosts of works of art. We discover a few highlights with you and take you to the attic of the central nave. Beneath age-old beams the vaultings are even more spectacular. We climb the “small tower” (which is less small than you would think), see an age-old treadwheel crane and enjoy a sensational view over the city and its river.

Duration: 2u00
Price: € 8.00
Guide: € 75.00

Stunning statues (from Mosan Madonna to Fabre, from The Woman who carries the Child to The Man who carries the Cross)

Woodcutters, sculptors and bronze casters… Since the Middle Ages they have been confronting us with three-dimensional works of art: tender, astonishing, confronting, puzzling, never noncommittal. Oak and stone come to life. However cool the marble may be, it will not leave you cold. The polished bronze may even reflect a part of yourself.

Duration: 1u30 to 2u00
Price: € 6.00;  inhabitants of the Province of Antwerp: free
Guide: € 75.00

Reunion

After two hundred years a number of paintings that used to decorate the guild altars have received their original spot in the Cathedral back. They have been reunited with the space for which they were conceived and where they felt at home for centuries. This “Reunion” offers us a feast of colours and shows the evolution of over a hundred years of Antwerp painting: from Quentin Matsys to Peter Paul Rubens.

Duration: 1u30 to 2u00
Price: € 6.00;  inhabitants of the Province of Antwerp: free
Guide: € 75.00