The typically austere exterior doesn’t give much away, but Victor Horta’s former home (designed and built 1898–1901) is an art nouveau jewel. The stairwell is the structural triumph of the house: follow the playful knots and curlicues of the banister, which become more exuberant as you ascend, ending at a tangle of swirls and glass lamps at the skylight, glazed with plain and citrus-coloured glass.
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The medieval building and 1622 courtyard garden alone would be worth a visit, but it's the world's oldest printing press, priceless manuscripts and…
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Belgium’s finest Gothic cathedral was 169 years in the making (1352–1521). Wherever you wander in Antwerp, its gracious, 123m-high spire has a habit of…
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Home to fine archetypal art nouveau town houses.
Art nouveau house with creamy tones, harmonious lines and a big circular window.
A lovely art deco church built from concrete, a bold move in 1935 when it was completed.
An 1893 house was designed by prominent art nouveau architect Paul Hankar (1859–1901) as his own studio.
This building features a round-ended art deco tower apartment.
Features archetypal art nouveau circular window-tops and little owls over the door.
Art nouveau house boasting beautiful, gilded sgraffito design at the top.