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St. Charles Borromeo Church

St. Charles Borromeo Church

On the Antwerp Conscienceplein you might believe yourself to be in Italy for a moment. The grandiose facade of St. Charles Borromeo Church, the Rubens Church par excellence, commands attention! Although this typical baroque church is the work of the Jesuits, Peter Paul Rubens played an important role as co-designer and painter for the decoration of the facade and the crowning of the tower.

The Jesuits built St. Charles Borromeo Church between 1615 and 1621. Inside you will discover the apse of the main altar, the chapel of the Virgin Mary and the many sculptures and wood carvings, all testimony to its former splendour.

In addition to its magnificent treasures and works of art, this beautiful baroque church in Antwerp also holds some secrets underground. So be sure to visit the crypt, the sacristy and the underground canals of Antwerp, better known as The Ruien.

The church is closed for tourist visits during religious services.

3 reasons why this is worth your visit

  • On the Antwerp Conscienceplein you might believe yourself to be in Italy for a moment.
  • Three times a year the spectacular changing of the paintings takes place in the St. Charles Borromeo Church. A unique and free event that is not to be missed!
  • Discover a secret passage to The Ruien via the cellar stairs for an adventurous walk under the city.