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St-Carolus-Borromeuskerk information

Antwerp , Belgium
Hendrik Conscienceplein 6
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10am-12.30pm & 2-5pm Mon-Sat
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Rubens turned interior designer as part of the team that created this superb 1621 baroque church. A wonder of its era, the overwhelming altarpiece was designed to allow vast canvases to be changed using a series of wire pulleys. In 1773 the church's original Rubens paintings were whisked off to Vienna after the Jesuits were locally disbanded.

The magnificent carved confessionals were installed after a disastrous 1718 fire that ruined the nave, and they survived another fire in 2009.