Saint Anne’s Chapel
Also known as the Emperor’s Chapel
One of the small historical chapels in Antwerp is the
A small church that is not a parish church. It may be part of a larger entity such as a hospital, school, or an alms-house, or it may stand alone.
An enclosed part of a church with its own altar.
of the craft of the cloth shearers (those who turned broadcloth into scarlet). In 1512 it was built in the Keizerstraat (Emperor Street), which accounts for the popular name “Keizerskapel” (i.e. Emperor’s Chapel). It flourished in the 17th century, when among others the parish of This is a title that the Church bestows on a deceased person who has lived a particularly righteous and faithful life. In the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Church, saints may be venerated (not worshipped). Several saints are also martyrs. Willibrord found shelter here. Especially under rector He was one of the twelve apostles. He was a fisherman who, together with his brother Andrew, was called by Jesus to follow Him. He is the disciple most often mentioned In the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. His original name was Simon. He got his nickname Peter (i.e. rock) from Jesus, who, according to tradition, said that He would build His Church on this rock. De Louwe the chapel was thriving. The gothic chapel was embellished with a few baroque pieces of furniture, such as the The altar is the central piece of furniture used in the Eucharist. Originally, an altar used to be a sacrificial table. This fits in with the theological view that Jesus sacrificed himself, through his death on the cross, to redeem mankind, as symbolically depicted in the painting “The Adoration of the Lamb” by the Van Eyck brothers. In modern times the altar is often described as “the table of the Lord”. Here the altar refers to the table at which Jesus and his disciples were seated at the institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper. Just as Jesus and his disciples did then, the priest and the faithful gather around this table with bread and wine., the pulpit (Peeter II Verbrugghen), confessionals, the The consumption of consecrated bread and wine. Usually this is limited to eating the consecrated host. rails. Also the southern porch, the marble floor and the magnificent A decorated glass holder on a base, in which a consecrated host can be placed for worship. In general, there are two types of monstrances: the ray monstrance and the tower monstrance, with the name referring to the shape of the object. The tower monstrance is very similar to the reliquary, which was very popular before the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament became widespread. (Corbion, 1653) date from that period. The devotion for Saint Liborius made the chapel quite famous too. After it had been closed during the French reign however, the chapel was the first Antwerp church to be reopened for the catholic service. In the 19th century the chapel became privately owned and escaped from being demolished a few times. Afterwards it became a Complex of buildings in which members of a religious order live together. They follow the rule of their founder. The oldest monastic orders are the Carthusians, Dominicans, Franciscans, and Augustinians [and their female counterparts]. Note: Benedictines, Premonstratensians, and Cistercians [and their female counterparts] live in abbeys; Jesuits in houses. chapel of the Missionaries of Africa (the White Fathers), who, here in Antwerp harbour, have their base, from which they can depart for their missions overseas. At the end of the 19th century some splendid stained-glass windows were added (made by L. Pluys and E. Standaert), which represent the life of young mother Mary. In 1994 the chapel was reopened in its former glory, thanks to the patronage of X. Nieberding.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 13h00 to 18h00
For groups by appointment.
Keizerstraat 21 – B-2000 Antwerpen,
+32 (0)03 226 76 31
Contactperson dr. De Bruyn Jean-Pierre:
+32 (0)9 355 69 60