Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Antwerpen; Flanders, Belgium

The old history of Antwerpen/Antwerp is of a port and industrial city. See the central cathedral below framed by the pipes of an oil refinery.

The city is trying to remake itself. One dramatic statement is the architectural Justice Palace for Flanders, overlooking the Schelde river.

Antwerp now downtown seems to drive on tourism. It is a party scene around the old market square. Very diverse crowd.

The new scene seems to echo the rosy flesh of Rubens and the Baroque sculpture.

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