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Antwerp was the most important port and trade center in this part of the world during the late 15th century, after the decline of the old Flemish port cities Bruges and Ghent.

In the early 16h century a staggering 40% of all trade passed through the city.

Religious turmoil and the break-up of the low countries eventually lead to the city's decline, which kickstarted a golden age for the newly independent Dutch nation.


This picture shows a part of the old quayside. Behind me is the river Scheldt.

The building peeking through between the two towers is the Vleeshuis (lit. 'Meat House'), one of the oldest buildings in Antwerp. Its construction started in 1501 and was completed in 1504.

The building functioned both as Guildhall for the Butchers and as a meat market. The narrow streets around the Vleeshuis slope down towards the river, facilitating the butchers' helpers' cleaning up. As a kid I used to imagine streams of blood flowing towards the river...

Since 2006 it houses the City Music Museum.

The two buildings that frame it are more recent additions to the Antwerp quayside.


song title reference: Lou Reed & John Cale

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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2992 W: 35 N: 6583] (34196)
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