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How dreadful was the sad news of the fire in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after 850 years. It sounds that more has been saved than originally thought which is a blessing. On the blog today we're back to Antwerp, visiting their glorious Cathedral of Our Lady. Although it dates from 1124, there have been many additions over the years in the styles at the time. It's positioned right in the middle of the old town, surrounded by buildings making it difficult to see all of the Cathedral at once but the 123m tall tower with its large clock, peeps over the top and can be viewed from afar. It's incredible to think that the Cathedral can hold 25,000 people.
There is a carillon of 49 bells of which the 1507 Karolus is the heaviest at 6,434 kg.
Let's go inside.
The 24 life size statues for Confessionals below made in 1700, are so detailed and beautifully carved.
The Mary Chapel, a large area full of stained glass windows, gold, silver and flowers, has a 16th Century statue of Mary with Jesus as a focus which really draws the eye. These statues have a fantastic wardrobe of clothes that are often changed. This area is for prayer only.
The Raising of the Cross by Peter Paul Rubens has had a central place within the Cathedral since 1816 and is a masterpiece full of drama and pathos. A tour guide was in full flow.
There's lots of colour.
Some modern art too. This is Diasporalia by Koen Theys. The mattresses and personal items on top are made of bronze and then painted to draw the link between Jesus being born in the manger, Baroque times when people were forced to flee and refugees' hardships nowadays.
Corona below by Javier Perez is made of glass, steel and cloth.
The Descent from the Cross by Peter Paul Rubens uses softer light in a more classical style.
The pulpit by Michiel van Der Voort made in 1713 is amazing with so much detail, it can't be photographed properly, by me that is! The animals, branches and twigs are very realistic. Four women each represent a different continent - Europe, Asia, America and Africa plus the faces of Christ, Mary and St Bernard are in relief with the Holy Ghost as a dove above with cherubs and angels with trumpets. I've never seen anything like it!
The Man who bears the Cross by Jan Fabre.
So much to see and marvel at.