A secret medieval street in Antwerp
The Vlaeykensgang is a unique small street in the center of Antwerp. Hidden between two busy Antwerp streets and close to the Cathedral. This medieval times street can easily be walked past unnoticed. Behind its meter-wide entrance, there is an oasis. A step into the passage with its quiet courtyards transports visitors back in time, back to the 15th and 16th centuries.
|Picture by Harry Fabel|
Previously, the street was the domain of shoemakers, who had to sound the alarm bell of the Cathedral, also some of the poorest people of the city lived in that very small street. Now you will find antique shops, art galleries, and an exclusive restaurant, Sir Anthony Van Dyck. There is a subdued atmosphere and the street is a popular place to listen to the cathedral's summer carillon concerts. At its heart, you find the Axel Vervoordt Gallery.
The "Vlaeykensgang" exists as a key piece of Antwerp’s architectural and sociological history, offering a rare glimpse of life in 15th and 16th century Antwerp. It stands as a fine example of how architecture from the past can be reappraised successfully. Today the tenants of the Vlaeykensgang include some of Antwerp's finest restaurants and shops.