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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 canvasses 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, but in 2014, Rubens’ Holy Family Returning from Egypt should be put back in its original place in the right-side gallery. The magnificent carved confessionals were installed after a disastrous 1718 fire that ruined the nave, and survived another fire in 2009.