De Steen

De Steen, meaning 'the stone' in Dutch, dates from around 1200, making it the oldest building in Antwerp.  It was part of a fortification on the quay of De Rivier Schelde (The River Scheldt / Le Fleuve Escaut).  The fortress was renovated in 1520 by Charles V, and it was largely demolished in the XIX Century so the quays could be straigntened.  The building now serves as the National Maritime Museum (Het Nationaal Scheepvaart museum), comprising old and modern ship models, engravings, maps, maritime instruments, etc.

Antwerp Sky Line - Cathedral Tower

And then there's me from the other side of the street.

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This page was created by David M. Rojas and last updated on Monday April 05, 1999.