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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.
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.
MAS is a museum built in 2010 to group different collections of artifacts related to the city's tumultuous history. The new collection is housed in a conspicuous modern tower with a stacked design.