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From fortress to park

Antwerp's central park is built on the remnants of the Fortress of Herentals, which was no longer used as a military fort as of 1859.

Tabaksvest school site

An archaeological survey revealed two pits containing 37 skeletons under the playground of the former Mère-Jeanne school.

Central Park

Antwerp’s Central Park is built on the remnants of the Fortress of Herentals: one of Napoleon’s plans for strengthening the city walls.

Town Hall

The town hall was the city’s administrative centre. However, it also played a role in conflicts in the past, including during the Spanish Fury.

Spanish ramparts

The Spanish ramparts were built around 1550 by Emperor Charles V as a five-kilometre long defence around Antwerp.

Slijkpoort Gate

Slijkpoort Gate is the northern-most gate of the Spanish ramparts. The outline of the Bastion of Slijkpoort can be traced in the streets above ground level.

Saint Walpurga’s Church

Probably St. Walpurga’s Church became the court chapel of the margrave’s residence around the year 1000. The church was dedicated to Saint Walpurga.

Aldermen’s house

The aldermen’s house or Antwerp’s former town hall used to be in the square next to the current town hall until 1565. In 2012, an archaeological survey was organised to find remnants of its foundation.

Schijn River Lock

The “Sas van het Schijn” or lock on the Schijn River is a hydraulic engineering work, which was built in 1818 and was excavated in 2015.

Ruien / Canals

Antwerp has an eight-kilometre underground canal system. The Ruihuis, which is located in Suikerrui, organises guided visits of the canals.

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