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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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Sterckshof is a 16th century castle built by the wealthy financier Gerard Sterck as a countryhouse. Until 2014, the castle was home to the Zilvermuseum, a museum with silver artifacts from the 16th century to the present.
The Vleeshuis was built in 1504 for the Butchers' guild. The building - long the tallest secular building in the city - functioned as a meat market until 1810 when the French occupying forces abolished the Butchers' guild.
At the turn of the 16th century, during the city's heyday, the Meir was Antwerp's most prestigious street. Today the pedestrianized street is best known as the city's prime shopping street.