Friday, July 2, 2010

A restored Palais in Antwerp

 

If you plan to ever visit Belgium and you love 18th century architecture,  this renovated palace is a must visit!  After years of restorations, it opened his doors a few weeks ago.

This Palace is situated in the middle of the beating heart of Antwerp. J.A. van Susteren, a wealthy merchant built this impressive city palace with a rococo facade in the middle of the 18th century (architect Jan-Pieter van Baurscheit). In the 19th and 20th centuries the building was owned by Napoleon, King Willem I of the Netherlands and the Belgian royal family. The consecutive owners have made considerable renovations and transformations to the building. In 1970 the Palace became the International Cultural Centre’s operating base and after that the Film Museum moved in. At the end of the 20th century the Palace required urgent restoration and had to close.

Erfgoed Vlaanderen (Flanders Heritage) has made it possible to visit the restored Palace again. On the first floor you will be able to visit the museum part of the Palace, dedicated to its former inhabitants.

The Chocolate Line offers chocolate tastings ( typical Belgian) and the Café Impérial serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Hall of Mirrors can cater for receptions, dinners and company events.

The Palace on the Meir is a place to visit, enjoy and taste!

 

The Palace with its rococo facade.

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The inner court of the Palace.

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The Palace by night. Beautiful !

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And romantic!

 

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Breakfast, lunch or dinner is served on the terrace.

 

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The French Empire style furniture of the palace.

 

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The Hall of Mirrors.

 

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Beautiful wrought iron balustrade.

 

Koninklijk Paleis, Meir, voor Erfgoed Vlaanderen

A rococo chimney and a beautiful painting above the doorway.

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A “grisaille of angels”.

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It’s all in the detail.

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In all of the rooms rococo style is represented.

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And the following images are of a most interesting room in the Palace !

The Chocolate Line corner, where you can buy our famous Belgian chocolate.

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Notice the counter, he is made in the shape of a chocolate bar!

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A table for two at Café Impérial.

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If you love to read and to see more of the Palais, click here:

http://www.paleisopdemeir.be

http://www.thechocolateline.be

http://www.cafe-imperial.be

http://www.spiegelzaal.be

 

HET PALEIS OP DE MEIR

Meir 50,  Antwerp

 

A wonderful weekend!

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10 comments:

  1. I hadn't thought of it before, but now I really want to visit Belgium!

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  2. Greet,
    Such a wonderful post. Imagine going to a Ball there. All that spectular elegance and grandeur.
    Thank you so much for sharing this tour.

    ps:; why did Nappoleon put his hand in his jacket??
    yvonne

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  3. o this is a beautifull post- thank you Greet. I have added it to my private "must visit" list. I adore the hall mirrors..the chandeliers,...the chocolate counter looks yummy -oh just everything. Colette x

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  4. Greet, what an amazing place!
    I love town palaces like this - Stockholm has a few lovely ones too and it was actually one of them that inspired me to study interior design in London and later embarking on a freelance career in Interior design.

    I love all the things you share with us and think you would be the perfect host for any Belgian visits. To see your gorgeous country through your eyes is amazing!

    Have a fantastic weekend (what is left of it!)

    x Charlotta

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  5. Loved the tour Greet! I enjoy visiting palaces and castles. I try to imagine what the daily lives of the people who lived here might have been. Quite magical, isnt't it? Thanks for the tour!

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  6. One word: wow! Thank you for the wonderful tour through these amazing spaces... I actually had to look through twice, and cannot get over that chocolate-style counter, the restored flooring and many many of the other details. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, Greet :)

    xoxo,
    Sarah

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  7. Amazing, from all the gorgeous details, right down to that chocolate bar counter...I loved this!

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  8. What a treat for a Monday morning, a tour of a castle and chocolate shop! I loved the hall of mirrors. It was like a cinderella fantasy.

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  9. Dag Greet,

    Goh hier passeer ik wekelijks en ben er toch nog niet binnengeraakt, nog een gewoonte van toen het nog niet open was voor publiek. Ga zeker eens kijken, al is het voor nen hot coco bjij the chocolateline.

    vxx

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  10. Hi Greet - you're killing me with these posts! I used to date a Belgian guy who moved to Antwerp just before we split. I was so hoping to be able to visit! Ah well. I did receive a lot of fantastic chocolate during that time!

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