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Antwerp, Belgium

by WCC on May 4, 2012

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Antwerp is a port city in Belgium and the capital of the province of Antwerp. The city is located in the north of Belgium in the region of Flanders and is approximately 483,000 inhabitants (2010), the largest municipality in the country. The city region is to the region Antwerp Brussels, the largest in Belgium. Antwerp is of great international importance for its seaport, the third largest in Europe, as well as the world’s most important center for the processing and trading of diamonds.

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Antwerp was the 15th and 16 Century one of the largest cities in the world, at times the most important commercial city in Europe and a major cultural center, place of activity by artists such as Rubens. Antwerp hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1920 and European Capital of Culture 1993rd The Printing Museum Plantin-Moretus and the tower of the Cathedral of Our Lady are part of the UNESCO world heritage.

Antwerp is situated on the Scheldt, 88 km from the mouth of the North Sea. The river widens within the city limits to a broad, navigable by seagoing vessels estuary on the estuary of the Westerschelde leads to the North Sea. In order not to impede the navigation, there are no bridges in Antwerp over the Scheldt, but many tunnels. The last bridge is located about 20 km upstream in Temse. The metropolitan area extends north to the border with the Netherlands , there is also the boundary point between the Belgian province of Antwerp and the Dutch provinces of Zeeland and North Brabant.

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