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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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Paleis op de Meir is a former royal palace that was originally built in the mid 18th century for a wealthy merchant. Some of its illustrious owners included Napoleon and the Dutch king Willem I.
Antwerp's palatial city hall was built between 1561 and 1565. Its Flemish-Renaissance style architecture influenced the design of many government buildings across Europe.
The very first skyscraper in Europe, the KBC tower, was built in Antwerp during the early 1930s. When the Art Deco skyscraper was completed in 1932 it measured 87.5 meters.