Saint Anne’s Chapel
Also known as the Emperor’s Chapel
One of the small historical chapels in Antwerp is the chapel 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 Saint Willibrord found shelter here. Especially under rector Petrus De Louwe the chapel was thriving. The gothic chapel was embellished with a few baroque pieces of furniture, such as the altar, the pulpit (Peeter II Verbrugghen), confessionals, the communion rails. Also the southern porch, the marble floor and the magnificent monstrance (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 convent 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