Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp

(FR) Cathédrale Notre-Dame d'Anvers | (NL) Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal

If you’re visiting Antwerp, Belgium, you cannot miss the awe-inspiring Cathedral of Our Lady, also widely called as “Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal” in the city. This iconic church is not only a place of worship but also a masterpiece of architecture and art.

A Short History

The Cathedral of Our Lady, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal in Antwerp

The Cathedral of Our Lady, locally known as “Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal,” has a rich history dating back to the 14th century. Construction began in 1352, but it wasn’t until 1521 that the church was completed. The Cathedral’s design showcases an impressive combination of Gothic and Renaissance styles, making it a unique and captivating sight for visitors.

What You Can See in the Cathedral

The El­e­va­tion of the Cross by Peter Paul Rubens

The El­e­va­tion of the Cross by Peter Paul Rubens

Upon entering the Cathedral, you’ll be struck by its grandeur and the feeling of stepping back in time. The interior boasts stunning stained glass windows, intricate sculptures, and magnificent paintings, including works by famous artists such as Peter Paul Rubens.

The Descent from the Cross
(c) Ans Brys

The Descent from the Cross by Peter Paul Rubens

As you explore the surroundings, take a moment to appreciate other Rubens artworks at Rubens House (Rubenshuis) nearby.


A Boy and His Dog

The Cathedral of Our Lady, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal in Antwerp

De Plek – A Bistro in the Cathedral

At “De Plek,” travelers can indulge in moments of tranquility as they wander through the tastefully curated exhibitions, designed to showcase art, history, and cultural wonders. To see the official website for more information and online reservation.

De Plek will only be open on Sunday afternoons from 1 – 5 pm.

In front of the Cathedral, you’ll find a charming small white statue depicting a boy and a dog. This endearing sculpture, known as “Nello and Patrasche,” represents the characters from the famous novel “A Dog of Flanders” written by Ouida. This heartwarming tale is beloved by both locals and visitors alike, and the statue has become a symbol of friendship and loyalty.

Getting There

The cathedral is located at the city center of Antwerp.


Groenplaats 21,
2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
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Hours and Fees


Weekdays: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm


January 1


Your admission is free if you have Antwerp City Pass.

In­di­vid­ual vis­i­tors: € 12
Children under 18 years old: Free


Is Guided Tours available?

Free guided tours are available in six languages (DU FR GE, EN IT SP). Days and hours depend on the availability of the guides (3-4 times a day in general)

For private guided tours, reservation is required.

See the official site for more information and availability.

Is the Chapel of the Schoenmarkt open?

Currently this chapel is closed to the public.

Are there public religious services in the cathedral?
  • Every day the Catholic community celebrates liturgy in the cathedral.
  • Saturday there are Eucharistic services at 16.00 and 17.30. The latter service is in English.
  • On Sunday, there is a Eucharistic service at 10 am. A vesper service at 5 pm concludes the Sunday.
  • On weekdays, there is a Eucharist service at 4 pm each time. On Fridays, a worship service precedes the service. It starts at 3 pm.