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Antwerp:

a smell of high culture and magnificence

A guided tour to Antwerp is a must:

This wonderful metropolis, with a population of half a million inhabitants,is the second city of Belgium. It has a major European port (5th place of the world). The friendliness of the people and the beauty of its architecture make it a pleasing and peaceful place to visit. Famous for being the "world's leading diamond city", more than 80% of the world’s rough diamonds are cut and traded in the city.

The legendary origins of Antwerp come from "aan de werpe", which is Dutch for "at the wharf". Another funny explanation tells it comes from "Hand werpen", which translated is "throwing hand".

In the 16th century, Antwerp was the most important financial center of the world, where tradesmen from all over the globe sold and bought their goods. The very first stock exchange was created in this prosperous city and a lot of artists, architects, painters, philosophers lived here around this opulence. After the Furia Española in 1585 (1/3 of the population, the rich and the intellectuals, escaped to the Northern part of the Netherlands), this role as a financial center was taken over by Amsterdam. In the 20th century, Antwerp has made a serious economic comeback.

Due to its long and culturally rich history, the city of Antwerp houses many amazing buildings from different historical periods, as well as a lot of interesting museums. Recently it has become a trendy city, attracting a lot of Flemish and foreign artists, writers, intellectuals, fashion designers and actors…. Antwerp is a city with many faces.

Discover Antwerp with Dominique and Claude, not only along the old medieval streets, also in famous museums like: Rubens House (the superb painter), Rockox House (a collection of splendid canvas and statues), Plantin and Moretus House (genial printers) and also a lot of churches like Our Lady Cathedral, St James, St Paulus ….Saint Baafs kathedral

 

More info and reservation: guides@discover-b.be

Price : 1/2 day tour: € 129.00

Ghent an unknown jewel

Ghent is a city located in the Flemish region of Belgium. It lies at the confluence of the rivers Scheldt and Lys which were very important for its economical development in the middle Ages. Today it is a wealthy city of 250.000 inhabitants, with a seaport, a lot of new-technologic companies, a university, and a number of architectural and cultural treasures.

Many historians believe that the older name for Ghent, 'Ganda', is derived from the Celtic word 'ganda' which means confluence.

In the 7th C. Saint-Amand founded two abbeys in Ghent. It meant the beginning of a constant economical grew.

The city flourished from the 11th century on. Until the 13th century Ghent was the biggest city in Europe after Paris with a population of 65,000 souls. Today, the Belfry and the towers of the Saint Bavo Cathedral and Saint Nicholas' Church are just a few examples of the skyline of this flourished period. Don’t forget the Castle, called “Gravensteen”, amazing building bringing you back in the time of knights and medieval wars.

Both rivers flowed in an area where a lot of land was periodically inundated. The surrounding marshes created by these inundations and the grass all around this water were ideally suited for herding sheep, the wool of which was used for making cloth. In reality, Ghent was, during the medieval period, the most important city for cloth and textile.

Impossible to move aside: Claude and Dominique are able to explain one of the most famous artworks of Medieval Art, and telling among the most wonderful religious paintings in art history: ”The Lamb of God”. Called The Ghent Altarpiece due to its location in the Saint Bavo Cathedral, it was created around the years 1430 by the brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck, possibly the most excellent Flemish Primitive Painters so far.

With Dominique and Claude, a guided visit of Ghent.

 

More info and reservation: guides@discover-b.be

Price : 1/2 day tour: € 129.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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