Antwerp, Churches and Tourism
Tourism Pastoral, Diocese of Antwerp (TOPA vzw)

Saint Andrew’s Church

The tower

In 1755 the original Gothic tower collapsed and was replaced by the present baroque tower with an open wooden lantern. True to its symbolic nature this 58 m tall tower also points to God, in Whom man – ultimately – finds his real destination. During the struggle for Belgian independence the tower was used as an observation post by King Leopold I to keep an eye on the Dutch occupying forces in the South Castle. To avoid a repetition of the 1755 disaster, the lantern was rebuilt in 1968-‘75.