Antique print dated 1895.
The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a
gold frame, your choice. RtW.13.
Entitled – Antwerp. View of River, showing Cathedral on opposite bank.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Antwerp. – Here is a city of 260,429 inhabitants, one hour and twenty minutes’ ride over the Belgian State Railway from Ghent, wherein the Englishman could linger for months.
Antwerp, the chief arsenal of Belgium, is on the right bank of the Scheldt, which has here been made of a uniform width and depth of 1,150ft. and 25ft. respectively, at a cost of £1,530,000.
The quay frontage is two miles long.
The city is defended by walls and other works, which completely encompass it on the land side, and it has twelve miles of massive ramparts.
Indeed, so strong is Antwerp, that a military authority has computed that it would take a whole year to starve it into submission, and 170,000 men would be required to besiege it effectually.
The city is picturesque, too, with its numerous convents, churches, splendid public buildings, elaborate and extensive fortifications, its profusion of beautiful trees, and stately antique houses which line the older streets.
As a rule, these latter are tortuous and irregular; the chief streets, however, bear comparison with any in Europe.
The cathedral, which was begun in the middle of the thirteenth century, took eighty-four years to complete.
It has a superficial area of 70,060 square feet, six aisles, and a tower 402ft. high.
Anyone who cares to climb 514 steps may reach the first gallery, and another 102 lead to the second and highest.
There are 99 bells in the chimes, the smallest having a circumference of barely 15in., whilst the largest weighs 8 tons.
The Hotel de Ville in the Grand Place, to the north of the cathedral, was built of white marble in 1561.
The museum is in the Place des Beaux Arts, and contains, among other things, a collection of 755 old masters.
The park is in the centre of the town, surrounded by the most fashionable streets.
At the end of the Longue Rue Neuve is the Flemish theatre.
Of the docks, dockyards, and basins, constructed by Napoleon at a cost of £2,000,000, only the last-mentioned remain; the area of the great basin is seventeen acres.
The smaller basin, seven acres in extent, is now converted into commercial docks, and is lined with capacious warehouses.
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