Welcome to Antwerp
- The Gateway to a Greater Europe!
a rich history. In the 8th century Antwerp was the centre
of a margravate, and in 1221 Duke Jan granted it a charter. In the
16th century, Antwerp's Golden Century, Antwerp was not
only the economic lynchpin of Europe, but also one of the most impressive
cities of the western world. So Antwerp is bursting with historical
buildings like the magnificent guildhalls on the main market place
(Grote Markt), the Church of Saint-Carolus Borromeus with its façade
designed by Rubens, and of course the Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Kathedraal).
Already at that time, Antwerp was mentioned in the same breath as
cities such as Paris, Venice, London and Naples.
Today, in terms
of the economy, Antwerp is the most important town in Flanders and
Belgium. The port of Antwerp is the world's fourth seaport, it's
Europe's largest petrochemical port and it's the number one in timber
and fruit. The Antwerp Region accounts for around a third of Belgian
exports and some of the world's largest companies are to be found
there. Any other part of Europe can be reached from here within
and diamonds also occupy a leading position in the world. Antwerp
fashion stands for exciting new fashion, internationally acclaimed
and applauded for its originality and daring. In the sparkling world
of diamonds about 60% of the world's production of rough and cut
stones and industrial diamonds are traded in Antwerp. So you can
see, you will not be bored here!