Like so much of Antwerp, this Jesuit landmark bears the imprint of Rubens. The front and tower are generally attributed to him, and his hand can certainly be seen in the clustered cherubim above the entrance. The church's facade suggests a richly decorated high altar, inviting the observer inside. The interior was once magnificent, but most of Rubens's frescoes were destroyed by fire, and other works were carted off to Vienna when the Austrians banned the Jesuits in the
18th century. The square is one of the most attractive in Antwerp, flanked by the harmonious Renaissance buildings of the Jesuit convent, now occupied by the City Library. There is also a wonderful lace museum (€1.50), open Wednesdays from 10–12:30 and 2–4.
Hendrik Conscienceplein 12, Antwerp, 2000, Belgium