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Bastions, burchtmuren, stadspoorten, de citadel, … ontdek hoe Antwerpen zich verdedigde door de eeuwen heen


Red Gate

The Red Gate was a city gate in the sixteenth-century Spanish ramparts. Nothing was preserved above ground level.

Giant’s House

The house’s name refers to the giant Druon Antigon, who is said to have lived in the fortress during the Roman period and demanded tolls from skippers passing through. He would chop off the hands of those who refused to pay up.

Re-alignment of the quays (en)

After 1875, the Scheldt quays were re-aligned. The largest part of the fortress city of Antwerp disappeared as a result. This included “Werf” (the wharf) and St. Walpurga’s Church.

Palace in Meir

Napoleon acquired the palace in 1811, intending to use it as an imperial residence. He would never stay there however. King Albert I resided in the palace during World War I.

Obelisk Memorial

In 1903, Antwerp celebrated the centenary of the Napoleonic Decree. The town council built a memorial for this. After a provisional stucco monument, the definitive memorial was inaugurated in 1906.

Nieuwstadroute (en)

A walk through Nieuwstad means taking a stroll along city canals, docks and high warehouses.

Napoleon in Antwerp

Before Napoleon became first consul, the French had already decided to turn Antwerp into a military and naval base. His visit to the city in 1803 accelerated everything.


There are remnants of the sixteenth-century city wall in Londenstraat and Amsterdamstraat. The line of the wall can be partly seen aboveground in the new design of the street.

Launch of 'Antwerpen Doorgrond | Antwerp Heritage'

On 24 June 2014 the Heritage department of the city of Antwerp has launched the mobile website 'Antwerpen doorgrond'.

The Koraalberg

The “oldest Antwerper” was found in 1997 during construction in Koraalberg. This skull of a young man dates from the ninth century.


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