Versterkte stad

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


Cutting away the decay

One century after the quays were re-aligned by Napoleon, the port was deemed unsuitable for navigation. The re-alignment works lasted from 1877 until 1887. The medieval fortress was demolished in the process.

The Spanish Fury

On 4 November 1576, mutinous soldiers sacked Antwerp, destroying the port and buildings, and killing thousands of the city's inhabitants.

The Hanseatic League in Antwerp

Actually Antwerp never was a hanseatic city. However, the German Hanseatic League owned two buildings here from 1468 onwards. In 1564, it built the Hanseatic House in Nieuwstad.

Citadel stronghold

The Spanish ramparts were expanded in the south with a citadel in the second half of the sixteenth century. The citadel was designed to protect and control the city.

The Citadel

The city district known as “Het Zuid” is built on Antwerp’s former citadel. This pentagonal structure was built in the sixteenth century under Spanish rule.

Fortress route

A walk through Antwerp’s historic city centre.

Fortress wall in Zakstraat

Antwerp’s fortress was fortified in the Middle Ages with a wall made of Tournaisian limestone, which you can still see today in a new-build project in Zakstraat.

Fortress Wall

The Fortress of Antwerp was fortified in the Middle Ages with a wall built of Tournaisian limestone. The wall was cut through when Vleeshuisstraat was built.

Burchtgracht Street

The street named “Burchtgracht” owes its name to the moat which encircled Antwerp’s old fortress and which no longer exists.

Fortress of Antwerp

The Antwerp fortress is the fortified settlement, in which Antwerp originated. The fortress was enclosed by the Scheldt quays, the moat around the fortress and Palingbrug.


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