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Old February 21st, 2010, 02:02 AM   #1
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A day in Antwerp

Central Railway Station (built in 1905, reconstruction finished in 2009)




Interiors


The expansion of the Central Station was completed in 2009. New platforms were built below the old building. The tunnel transformed the station from the terminus to the transit one. Now the trains from Belgium to the Netherlands stop at the Central Station.


Upper tracks are being used by domestic trains starting/ending in Antwerp. Underground tracks are being used by trains that go to the northern outskirts of Belgium or to the Netherlands




Central Station in Antwerp. Modern interiors inside an old building


It was 11 P.M. and that station was empty


View from our room on typical Flemish rowhouses on Statiestraat


View from De Keyserlei towards the centre of the city (twin elegant houses on the Leystraat)


The entrance to Sint-Jacobskerk. A lot of churches in Flemish cities stay in the row on the street and are connected with rowhouses


The main hall of the church


Modern construction next to the City Theatre


Stairways of the City Theatre


West frontage of the square near the Theatre


Modern rowhouse


Bourlastraat


Small rowhouse on the corner


Modern rowhouse




Art Nouveau


Hospital beds in a shop window


Photographic studio and the dog of the owner


Narrow black rowhouse


It does not look so Flemish here
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Old February 21st, 2010, 11:30 AM   #2
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Antwerp looks beautiful and very nice; thanks for the photos
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Old February 21st, 2010, 03:00 PM   #3
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I plan to go there this summer - Antwerp is a must visit!
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Old February 21st, 2010, 10:15 PM   #4
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Let's go further..

Modernistic rowhouse with horizontal windows


Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal


The Cathedral


Stadhuis (City Hall)






Grote Markt


Bueatiful north frontage of Grote Markt (Market Square)


Grote Markt


The Catherdal seen from Market Square


The old castle is located on the river bank


The Cathedral seen from the river bank


Narrow street close to the Market Square


The Cathedral tower once again


KBC Torengebouw, when completed in 1926 it was one of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe




'Meir' premetro station


Big rowhosue near Meir



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Old February 21st, 2010, 11:00 PM   #5
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Nice pictures, fantastic city!
BTW, the KBC-tower was thé tallest skyscraper in Europe when it was completed in 1931.
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 12:40 AM   #6
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wow very beautiful.
Thanks.
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 09:57 PM   #7
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And the last part:

This guy played lively jazz on the piano which was an integral part of his bike


Van Wesenbekestraat - small Chinatown in Central Station vicinity


New York-like buidling on the Keyserlei


People waiting for a train at the Central Station


Antwerp - best known for its diamonds


Most diamond shops are located near the central station






Modernistic rowhouse


This one looks like typical pre-war rowhouse in Warsaw


A little bit trashy one..


Stadspark (City Park) vicinity is full of modernistic buidlings, common also in Warsaw


Modernistic buidlings in the City Park vicinity


Frankrijklei (French Avenue) plays a role of the city's small ring road. This small, old rowhouse was dominated by big, modernistic neighbours


Another church located as a rowhouse


Polish Poznan is here..


Probably the best modern rowhouse we have seen in Antwerp


Look at its glossy facade


Another interesting entrance to the shop located in rowhouse. The letters are moving, being driven by the water


Look how tall and spacious is the ground floor in this old rowhouse


Near the KBC skyscraper
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LOVE this city!!

And HATE some of those modern rowhouses...the last one is indeed the most beautiful! Looking forward to come back
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Thanks, looks fantastic, very beautiful interesting architecture and very urban.
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Old March 1st, 2010, 08:14 AM   #10
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I love the Central Station in Antwerp. It is such a beautiful and impressive building.

Belgium always seems to me to be dirtier and more run-down looking than other Western European countries. It's still nice though, just more rough around the edges.
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cool to see a city i don't know much about nice pics
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Old March 1st, 2010, 10:07 PM   #12
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Nice photos!
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 04:44 AM   #13
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Quote:
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I love the Central Station in Antwerp. It is such a beautiful and impressive building.

Belgium always seems to me to be dirtier and more run-down looking than other Western European countries. It's still nice though, just more rough around the edges.


If you allready think that is rundown.

Never visit Belgium would be my advise.
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 10:15 AM   #14
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Quote:
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I love the Central Station in Antwerp. It is such a beautiful and impressive building.

Belgium always seems to me to be dirtier and more run-down looking than other Western European countries. It's still nice though, just more rough around the edges.
Belgium is more rundown than Holland, Germany or Scandinavia.

I would compare it more to England or more Southern European countries.

However, I have to add that Belgium is very diverse. You can have masterpieces next to the most ugly places.

I think it´s interesting!
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Old March 4th, 2010, 02:08 AM   #15
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beautiful city.
the facade of that railway station is really a jewel to behold.
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