Photographer's Note

Best TE friends.
Today I was with my wife in Antwerp for shopping, a pity little bit bad weather
I saw this image with the Cathedral of Our Lady in background.
Maybe not the excellent cloudy sky, I have done my best for a nice image of the this part of the city.
I wait on you reply!

The history of the largest church in the Netherlands began in 1124. An old chapel on this site became the parish church, which resulted in a substantial new building in the Romanesque style. In 1352 work began to replace that church with the present-day Gothic church. It was 170 years before it looked as does today. But at a time when Antwerp was the European city, Emperor Charles V was planning a story without an end. Though the church - which was 119 metres long, had a roof measuring more than one hectare and 128 windows - could be considered one of the greatest on earth, he still wished to extend it very substantially, making it worthy of a world fair. The ground plan of the streets on the east side of the church is still determined by that great dream, though water damage resulting from a disastrous fire in 1533 prevented its realization.
Although the size of the church didnt increase, its hierarchical position did. For a few years later when the bishopric of Antwerpen was established, it was chosen as the church for the episcopal see. It was this bishops throne which made it a cathedral, though its status made little impression on the Calvinist organisers of the iconoclasms (1566 and 1581). With the return to Catholicism in 1585, a new art-loving wind began to blow in the spirit of the Counter-Reformation: the baroque style.
In the French period, around 1800, the church was completely ransacked and even threatened with demolition! Fortunately the city architect J. Blom managed to keep those plans on ice indefinitely. In the nineteenth century the interior was totally refurbished: old furnishings were purchased from monastery churches which had been closed, new commissions were ordered in neoclassical and later predominately neo-gothic style (the monumental choir stalls, several side altars, draught screens). In 1961 Antwerp became an independent diocese again. The Provincial Government of Antwerp decided that the cathedral should be thoroughly restored; a gigantic project which continued even after 1993 (when Antwerp was the Cultural Capital of Europe).

I hope that you like it.


Canon EOS 5D
Shooting Date/Time
5/07/2008 13:11:03
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EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM
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16,0 mm
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4368 x 2912
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