Saint Charles Borromeo church
“Heaven on earth”, “the eighth wonder of the world”…
In the 17th century words lacked to describe this church, which seems to be on an Italian piazza. It was built for and by the Jesuits from 1615 till 1621, in the middle of the Counter Reformation period. Peter Paul Rubens played an important role as a painter, decorator and architect. His influence is visible in the tower, façade, high altar and the vault stucco in Our Lady’s Chapel (also called Houtappel Chapel). This is the Baroque Church of the Low Countries and the Church of Rubens, even though in 1718 a fire destroyed the 39 ceiling paintings by his hand.
Surprise: you will find a particularly rich lace museum there.