Located in the delightful square called Conscienceplein, the stunning baroque Saint Charles Borromeo Church is an essential attraction for visitors. Admire the splendid main altar, the beautiful Lady Chapel, and delve into the crypt and the Antwerp Canals beneath.
Constructed by the Jesuits between 1615 and 1621, this classic baroque church features the artistic touch of painter-decorator-architect Peter Paul Rubens. Observe the elegant blend of sandstone and grey bluestone and the numerous intricate baroque details.
A Luxurious Interior
The church’s baroque interior is both playful and opulent. In the Chapel of Mary, follow Mary’s life through painted scenes and gaze at the ceiling design by Rubens.
A Breathtaking High Altar
The high altar of the church is a must-see, showcasing a painted altarpiece over five meters tall. Experience this remarkable display live three times a year – on Easter Monday, Ash Wednesday, and during the Night of the Churches in August.
Explore with a Guide
Various guided tours are offered by Saint Charles Borromeo Church. Keep in mind that certain tours may be conducted only in Dutch or may require advance reservations.
For individual visitors
Monday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–12.30 p.m. and 2–5 p.m.
- free of charge, no booking required
- in Dutch
- During church opening hours.
- in Dutch, French, English, German and Spanish
- € 85 per group for a guided tour of a maximum of two hours
- maximum 20 persons per group
Tour of the Lace Room
Wednesdays 10 a.m.–12.30 p.m. and 2–4 p.m. and by appointment
- in Dutch
Combined walking tour of the Church of St Charles Borromeo and ‘De Ruien’
Accompanied by a guide, you’ll start by exploring the church before embarking on a special walk through the Antwerp Canals deep under the city. English available for Group tour only.
The church is located in the city center of Antwerp and it takes about 20 minutes to walk from Antwerp Central railway station.
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Hours and Fees
Monday – Saturday, 10 am to 12:30 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm
The Lace Museum
Wednesdays 10 a.m.–12.30 p.m. and 2–4 p.m. or by appointment
* Opening times are subject to change for liturgical reasons.
(The church is open only for Eucharist on Sundays and feast days)
Visits to the church are free of charge.
Lace Museum: € 5