Cathédrale Notre-Dame d’Antwerp December 28, 2017

I don’t know why it is, but almost always, the first cathedral I visit each time I return to Europe is the best of the trip. I wonder if that will be true this visit, since I will be seeing some of the world’s most famous cathedrals. I am not one of those kinds of people who thinks, if you’ve seen one cathedral, you’ve seen them all! I rarely skip an opportunity to go inside a cathedral. They bring me such a calming, soothing, and peaceful feeling. I’m always in awe of their majestic beauty and find it incredulous that they were built centuries ago. The Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp was started in 1352 and took nearly 170 years to build. The cathedral has four amazing masterpieces by Rubens, many altars and chapels against the cathedral’s pillars, that were for Guilds in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and an amazing bronze silicone sculpture called The Man Who Bears the Cross” that was added in 2015. The incredible beauty of the main altar and this cathedral is certainly enhanced from a recently completed 15 year restoration. Much of the interior of this cathedral is light stone that gives way to a light, optimistic and uplifting feeling and it makes me think that this just might be my favorite cathedral this trip.

By Reubens

Chapels for Guilds

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