Monumental Churches in Antwerp

Each church invites you to a discovery.
Be convinced: you will be amazed more than once!

On this website you will find both a short introduction or a detailed description, as well as cultural and scientific information. Make your own choice:

  • Would you like to make a brief acquaintance? An appetizer will help you get started. For the five tourist churches, these descriptions are available in several languages.See the TOPA website in the relevant language.
  • Do you opt to enjoy more intensely the art treasures in our churches? Then you will certainly find what you are looking for in the detailed description. You will be amazed by the narrative imagery and the hidden symbolism, but also by their eventful history and how the work of art is interwoven with contemporary socio-cultural life.
  • The third level is the dynamic scientific forum, where experts can find footnotes and the most important points for discussion per work of art. (still under development).

The five tourist churches in the heart of Antwerp

In the historic centre of Antwerp, five well-known monumental churches are equally important tourist attractions.
Information about these worth seeing churches can be found using the tiles below.

Our Lady's Cathedral

The largest Gothic church in the Low Countries.
And Rubens at his very best!

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Our Lady’s Cathedral

Saint Andrew's Church

Where baroque and contemporary statues 'talk' in silence.

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Saint Andrew’s Church

Saint James's Church

Takeoff on the road to Compostela

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Saint James’s Church

Saint Carolus Borromeo's Church

“Heaven on earth”
“the eighth wonder of the world”' ...

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Saint Carolus Borromeo’s Church

Saint Paul's Church

A ``baroque jewel in a gothic shrine``

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Saint Paul’s Church

All other churches of Antwerp

In addition to the five well-known tourist churches in the city centre, you can visit numerous other art-historically important churches both in the city centre and in the Antwerp districts.

Although not all of them are really within walking distance of the Scheldt quays, they are all easily accessible. Just like the ‘big five’, they are steeped in history and art-historical importance. Each has its own character. Each of these religious monuments invites you to an exploration.

Information about these churches in Antwerp can be found via the tiles below.

The other churches in the Antwerp district

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Hidden and almost unknown, but warm-hearted

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Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Christ the King Church

Art Deco: An enclosed setting concealing a Byzantine light show

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Christ the King Church

Saint Amand’s Church

A French neo-Gothic cathedral look-alike

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Saint Amand’s Church

Saint Anna Selbtritt Church

A modern ecological amphitheatre

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Saint Anna Selbtritt Church

Saint Anthony of Padua Church

Full neo-gothic, with baroque heirlooms

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Saint Anthony of Padua Church

Saint Catherine's Church, Beguinage

A subdued oasis

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Saint Catherine’s Church, Beguinage

Saint Catherine's Church, Kiel

Neo-Romanesque: captivating in all its simplicity

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Saint Catherine’s Church, Kiel

Saint Eligius Church

Glass tapestries with colourful comic strips

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Saint Eligius Church

Saint Francis Church

Friars Minor Capuchins:
where Franciscus lives in all simplicity

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Saint Francis’ Church

 

Saint George's Church

Neo-gothic at its best: a wealth of colour wild growing along the vaults and in streamlined scenes against the walls.

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Saint George’s Church

Saint Laurence’s Church

Constantinople or Babel on the Scheldt, where you can only dream of a giant dome mosaic.

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Saint Laurence’s Church

Saints Michael & Peter's Church

Here you will feel transported to one of the most famous basilicas of la bella Italia!

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Saints Michael & Peter’s Church

Saint Norbert's Church

A pleasant combination of neo-Gothic elegance and contemporary clarity

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Saint Norbert’s Church

Saint Walburgis Church

Modernist hall church with colourful Art Déco in glass

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Saint Walburgis Church

Saint Willibrordus Church

‘Monumental’ is the least you can say with, by the way, a rich past story!

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Saint Willibrordus Church

The churches in the other town districts.

Berchem - Saint Willibrordus’ Church

An extensive late-Gothic charming village church

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Berchem
Saint Willibrordus’ Church

Borgerhout - Saint John Evangelist Church

Robust Romanesque: a neo-image

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Borgerhout
Saint John Evangelist Church

Deurne - Saint Fredegand’s Church

Late Gothic church with a rich baroque interior.
A surprisingly rich baroque upholstery

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Deurne
Saint Fredegand’s Church

Ekeren - Saint Lambert’s Church

Gothic church you see from afar

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Ekeren
Saint Lambert’s Church

Ekeren - Saint Laurence’s Church

A stylish tent with 'heavenly light' and heirlooms from the old Polder villages.

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Ekeren
Saint Laurence’s Church

Hoboken
Our Lady’s Nativity Church

Lillo - Saint Benedict’s Church

Neo-Gothic hall church in a secluded corner of the harbour

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Lillo
Saint Benedict’s Church

Merksem - Saint Bartholomew’s Church

Post-war reconstruction with the miraculous rescue of old furniture

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Merksem
Saint Bartholomew’s Church

Merksem - Saint Francis’ Church

neo-late romanesque church with neo-byzantine overtones

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Merksem
Saint Francis’ Church

Wilrijk
Saint Bavo’s Church

In addition to many churches, Antwerp also has some remarkable chapels.

Our Lady of Refuge Chapel

Alias the cobbler's chapel.
A popular place of folk devotion

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Our Lady of Refuge Chapel

Saint Anna's Chapel

Alias Emperor's Chapel.What clothmakers are able to perform!

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Saint Anna’s Chapel