Archaeological research Duke of Alva’s fortress
Archaeological research in the museum garden revealed the precise location of the Duke of Alva’s fortress.
October saw a highlight in the museum’s restoration: the unveiling of the facade. Karel Breda architects and the contractor Artes Woudenberg completed their brief in style, making the exterior an eye-catching feature once again in the Antwerp cityscape.
The museum’s outer walls are variously constructed in Belgian limestone, Euville stone and Gobertin. The frontage stands out from the other walls with its more numerous shades of colour: if you look closely, you will find hints of pink, yellow, pale orange, grey and blue. The effect is due to the variation in the types of stone used, such as the Brecci stone in the rear wall and the Vinalmont and Merlemont stone of the balusters. The paintwork also contributes significantly.
The rear facade will remain hidden behind its scaffolding for a while longer. We’re still hard at work cleaning and restoring the back of the building. So you’ll need to be patient for just a little longer before we blow your socks off with all four of our phenomenal, historic exterior walls!