The museum at the stream

The MAS or 'Museum Aan de Stroom', in English: 'Museum At the Steam' is a museum and a panoramic viewing point in Antwerp. The MAS tells an innovative story about the city of Antwerp in the world and the world inside the city of Antwerp. It opened in May 2011 en is is designed by 'Neutelings Riedijk Architects'.

The museum is located in the old harbor district of the city and is built between two old small docks. The land area of the museum building is 1,350 m², on a total area of 14,500 m². The total height of the tower building is 62 meters and is a landmark in the city. The panoramic view and the spiral boulevard along the glass areas of the building are free to visit, even till late at night, making it a great tourist attraction. In front of the museum there is a square that's great for daytime meetings or just to chatter along, especially on a sunny day.

You can find the MAS museum at this address:  Hanzestedenplaats 1, Antwerp.

The St. Joris Church in Antwerp

The predecessor of the present church was built in 1314 within the city walls of 'St. Jorispoort'. The present church dates from 1853 and is built in a neo-Gothic style.

In 1846, priest 'Jan Van Cauwenbergh' bought the former church grounds back after they were used to built houses. After the demolition of those houses, architect 'Leon Suys' from Amsterdam began the rebuilding of the new neo-gothic church. The neo-gothic style was a real revolution in Antwerp after 250 years of baroque style building.

As a symbol of the unstoppable faith of the priest, some of the original church's stones were built into in the walls of the new church. In 1853 the church was finished and could be initiated. Later, in 1871 the murals of 'Godfried Guffens' and 'Jan Swerts' were added and initiated by Cardinal Deschamps. The furniture and decoration inside in the church forms one stylistic whole. In the years that follow, the spikes also got their crowns.

You can find the church at this address: Mechelseplein 93, Antwerp.

The Beguinage of Leuven

The Beguinage of Leuven, also known as the 'Ten Hove Beguinage', is a well-preserved, fully restored historic district of streets in the south of the city center. It is one of the largest still existing beguinages in Belgium. It dates back the 13th century. During its heydays in the 17th century there were about 360 beguines living in the small houses, devoting their lives and work only to God.

Today you still will find a combination of streets, squares, gardens and parks, with dozens of houses and conventions in traditional sandstone, as well as their church, the 'St. John de Doperkerk'. There are no beguines living there anymore. Nowadays, students, foreign guest, professors and employees of the oldest Catholic university of Europe use the houses during their stay in Leuven.

In 1998, the beguinage of Leuven was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The beguinage and its surroundings are open to the public. You can find it at this address: Groot Begijnhof, Leuven.

The Blind Donkey street in Bruges

The 'Blinde-Ezelstraat', meaning 'The Blind Donkey Street' is a street in the heart of the historic center of Bruges.

It lies between the town hall and the 'Civic Griffon' and runs from 'De Brug' to the Fish Market. According to in a 1490 document, a hostel called 'Den Blinden Ezele' (The Blind Donkey) was situated in that street.

The name 'Blind Donkey' is referred to the brewers' habit of blindfolding the donkeys who had to step into the breweries treadmill and that way preventing them from becoming dizzy stepping in circles for a long time. It was not the only hostel that was wearing that name at the time.