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Buste Gilbert Van Schoonbeke - verzameling Maagdenhuis

Gilbert Van Schoonbeke made Antwerp great

Traffic jams, problems with port infrastructure, pollution, safety issues, shortage of marketplaces, noise, … Typical problems of the cities today?

No, as soon as the 16th century, Antwerp, the European centre of the time, already had to deal with these problems and the people responsible at the time did not have any (affordable) solution.

But then, in 1543, a young architect-engineer arose called Gilbert Van Schoonbeke, and he’ll not only offer a helping hand to the town, but he’d also start making things better in town.

The many building sites Gilbert Van Schoonbeke planned are still visible in the historic town centre, but one must look for them and discover them.

Join us on a trip through this 16th century Antwerp.

He taught us how to build, and also how to brew (efficiently)

The full GVS-walk takes about 3.5 hours, but if you want to, the walk can be split up in a northern and a southern part.

The northern part centres around Stadswaag and the Brewers’ House. This walk mainly covers the brewing aspect. We start off at Market Place (Grote Markt) and end at MAS (Eilandje).

In the southern walk we cover the contribution Van Schoonbeke made to the building of the city walls and we visit some typical squares such as Graanmarkt and Vrijdagmarkt. This walk starts at the former building of the National Bank (Frankrijklei 166) and ends at Market Place (Grote Markt).

The full walk (which runs from National Bank to MAS) costs € 20 per person, both split walks are available at the price of € 13 per person each. As always groups have a minimum of 10 persons. The 2 hour walk can be prolonged to 3 hours, e.g. with a visit to typical Antwerp pub. The price for this extended walk then comes to € 18 per person.

Remnant of archers' courts in Botanical Garden
Città over Van Schoonbeke

Van Schoonbeke in Città

De weekend bijlage van Gazet van Antwerpen van 12 januari 2019 bevatte een artikel rond het Van Schoonbekejaar.  U vindt het artikel online. Het artikel van Frank Heirman begint op p. 19.

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