The current church which is located near the banks of the Scheldt River was built to replace a small church built by the Dominican order in 1276 to serve the sea faring community and its sailors. The church was named after the patron saint of the Dominicans, St. Paul.
The exterior was designed in the Brabantine Gothic style, which was the High Gothic style of the Low Countries of Flanders and was characterized by austere architecture with little exterior decoration, but it was not destined to retain its austere presence.
When the church came back under Catholic control after the Fall of Antwerp in 1584, a great campaign of rebuilding was begun. It took many decades from 1605-1662 to complete the restoration, but the exuberant Flemish Baroque Interior is flamboyant and fabulous.
upper part by Jean Pierre van Baurscheit I, 1650
with the assistance of his workshop and other sculptors.
painting Descent from the Cross, 1807,by Cornelius Cels
by Jean Baptiste de Boeck and Jean Baptiste van Wint
This Calvary statuary garden is a beautiful and thoughtful place to finish your visit to this fabulous St. Paul's Parish Church.