|UNESCO #1185 - Plantin-Moretus Museum, Antwerpen - BELGIUM|
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Plantin-Moretus House, Workshop and Museum - BELGIUM - UNESCO #1185
After the Netherlands... Belgium or better said Flandres, Jacques Brel's "plat pays"! Our first stop was Antwerpen and before exploring the historic center I went straight for the Plantin-Moretus Museum. The ancient house and workshop of Plantin and his son-in-law Moretus doesn't look such a deal from the outside, but the importance of their work and the rich exhibit in the inside (along with some amazing Rubens paintings) make this a must-see museum. Now I have 114 UNESCO cards, only 867 to finish.
The Plantin-Moretus Museum is a printing plant and publishing house dating from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Situated in Antwerp, one of the three leading cities of early European printing along with Paris and Venice, it is associated with the history of the invention and spread of typography. Its name refers to the greatest printer-publisher of the second half of the 16th century: Christophe Plantin (c. 1520–89). The monument is of outstanding architectural value. It contains exhaustive evidence of the life and work of what was the most prolific printing and publishing house in Europe in the late 16th century.