St. Borromeo church in Antwerp
On a sunny summer's day, the Hendrik Conscience square has the impression of an Italian piazza. A terras in the shade, stately facades, and on one side the immense facade of the Sint-Carolus Borromeuskerk or the Saint Charles Borromeo Church.
|Picture by Harry Fabel|
The church is built between 1615-1621 in the Baroque highlight of Antwerp. In full counter-reformation, the builders, the order of Jesuits, did everything to make it a beautiful church. The mean architects were François d'Aguilon en Pieter Huyssens. Painter Pieter Paul Rubens did not only contribute to the 39 original ceiling paintings, which were unfortunately lost during a fire in 1718, he also had a big influence on the design of the church's facade, tower, side chapels, and the high altar.