10th NIGHT of the CHURCHES

Once a year, the Antwerp churches
open their doors for a nocturne.


SATURDAY 14th of AUGUST 2021

19.00 hrs. – 23.00 hrs.*

A sneak preview

After the 9th edition of the Night had to die a silent death last year with the theme “Space for silence”, there is now finally some clarity in the organisation of events and thus also in this new Night of Churches. We think it is important to continue the tradition. Therefore, as usual, this 10th edition will take place on the Saturday in the Antwerp fairground week, this year on 14 August, just before Our Lady of the Assumption, Mother’s Day. The theme is not linked to history or art.

With the theme “OPEN!” we simply want to express our HOPE for a new era, an era in which we all

  • welcome in an open church with an open mind,
  • let enjoy the open space – the feeling of space – with all their senses,
  • who are looking for authenticity, reach out a hand
  • through silence and tranquillity, invite to connect with the Mystery (of God), less cultural history, more religion, so to speak.

The fact that twenty churches from Antwerp and the districts responded to our invitation makes us look forward with hope to a new era in which the space for silence, for the mystical and the transcendent, becomes audible, visible and tangible.


Centre & Left Bank   Our Lady’s Cathedral
    Saint Anne (Left Bank)
    Saint Carolus Borromeus
    Saint Paul
University Quarter   Saint James
    Saint Catharina (Beguinage)
    Saint Anne’s Chapel
Fourth Quarther & Southe   Saint Andrew
    Saint George
    Saints Michael and Petrus
    Saint Walburga
“Lei” Quarter   Saint Lawrence
North   Saint Willibrord
    Sacred Heart of Jesus
Zurenborg   Saint Norbert
Berchem   Blessed Sacrament
Saint Willibrord
Ekeren   Saint Lambert
    Saint Lawrence
Merksem   Saint Bartholomew

* Some churches open later

Admission is free. Everyone is most welcome. Guides are on site.

The ‘Night of the Churches’ is organised by the non-profit organisation Tourism Pastoral Care in Antwerp (TOPA).
Would you like to be kept informed about our activities or to get more information? Mail us: info@topa.be
Also refer to the other sections of this multilingual website with extensive cultural-historical information about the Antwerp churches.