Sint-Jacob Antwerpen
Sint-Jacob Antwerpen
4.5
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2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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This church houses one of the richest church interiors of the low countries, filled with 24 altars, dozens of paintings and hundreds of statues from the renaissance and baroque period, including the grave of Rubens.
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,73,022 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
St. Jacobskerk is a interesting church along Sint-Jacobstraat in Antwerp. Opening hours are limited to 2pm to 5pm daily. Unfortunately the church is undergoing restorations at this time which limits what you can see within. The back half of the interior is presently unavailable to be seen.

Originally construction of the church began in the late 15th-century in Gothic style, by the time it was finished in the 17th-century, it had taken on Baroque architecture and manner that was the norm at that time. What you can see is a mostly Gothic exterior, high ceiling nave and vaults as well as a delicately carved wooden pulpit and marble altars. Many notable figures from Antwerp's past are buried at St. Jacaob's Church including the likes of Jan Boeckhorst and Pieter Paul Ruebens.

In the end, a less impactful visit compared to the past due to present day renovations taking place at St. James, still worth a quick look-see if you are in the area and have interest in seeing some of Antwerp's most interesting and impressive historic churches.
Written 12 March 2023
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Mary M
Ireland166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Fabulous church filled with interesting objects. Free to visit. Open from 2-5pm. Undergoing restoration which has resulted in a number of new discoveries. Particular interest for anyone interest in St Roch.
Written 30 October 2022
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Eline
Antwerp, Belgium7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Its very interesting to visit its just that the church is regularly closed on its “opening hours” Its a pity because my friends came especially to visit it.
Written 5 November 2021
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liberdade1
Brockenhurst161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
The church is currently under extensive renovations but you can still visit. It is interesting to view the renovations in progress. Magnificent artworks, including Rubens. You need at least 30 minutes there.
Written 8 December 2019
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David P
137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
At the time of our visit about half of this church was shut off and undergoing significant restoration. That said, the remaining half is still worth a visit. You can see where Rubens is buried, there is a magnificent high altar, and the whole church has a very unusual open plan feel to it where you can see across various sections. It’s difficult to explain, but I’ve included a picture to give a feel for it.

On entry you will be greeted by some helpers who will explain about the renovation work and offer you an audio guide. There are four small tours on the audio guide which take you through various aspects of the church.

You can climb a small part of the scaffolding to take a look at the restoration work, and to be fair to them, they have a put a lot of effort into disguising the work with covers replicating how the cathedral looked when it was all open. Again, see the picture.
Written 16 November 2019
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Keith B
Plymouth, UK59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
After a busy day in Antwerp and beginning to feel the lovely sunny day, we entered to have a look at the architecture and history. Instead we found a place to sit in perfect peace and relax to think about the world and your life.
A very spiritual place.
Written 7 November 2019
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bdon257
Morpeth, UK5,450 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
This church with its mix of Gothic and Baroque architecture is a rich delight for the eye. It contains 24 altars and perhaps the most important, the chapel of Peter Paul Rubens. It is on the Route of St James to Santiago de Compostella. The chapel of Rubens is one of the many treasures here. The church is undergoing a major restoration and the 3 Euro fee to enter is helping fund this.
Written 3 November 2019
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JonasVdM
Antwerp, Belgium16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
The crypt where one of Antwerp's greatest artist is buried is certainly worth the visit. It is not far from the Meir, Antwerps largest shoppingstreet.
Written 6 July 2019
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Graham S
Chichester, UK29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Sint Jacob[James in English] is a beautiful church with a baroque style decoration and good paintings.
Written 13 June 2019
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Stephstraveldiary
Groningen, The Netherlands502 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Although there were some renovations going on, it is still worth visiting this church. The interior was very pretty and impressive.
Written 8 June 2019
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