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Antwerp is the largest city in Flanders. Besides the many historical buildings that are reminiscent of the city's heyday in the 16th century, Antwerp boasts a lively shopping and entertainment scene as well as many cultural attractions.
The city is also known for its diamonds, fashion and Flemish artists such as Rubens and van Dyck, of whom many works can be admired in the local museums.
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This Gothic masterpiece of lacework in stone was built between 1352 and 1521. As one of the prime remainders of Antwerp's golden era, the cathedral continues to dominate the city's skyline.
Ever since this square was created in the 16th century, auctions of second-hand goods have been held here every Friday. The square is also the site of one of the city's most important museums, Plantin-Moretus.
The Bourla is a picturesque theater building, originally built in 1834 by the French architect Pierre Bourla. Even though the building has been a protected monument since 1938 it was almost demolished during the 1980s.