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With this shot I'm starting a brand new theme of the awesome ceilings I've seen during my visit in Belgium.

The gothic Saint Paul's Church with baroque spire is one of the finest Antwerp churches. The church was built in 1571 by a Dominican order as a replacement for a previous small church, which was built in 1276. In 1679, fire destroyed much of the church and the tower was rebuilt. During the French revolution, the church's many paintings were stolen by the French, but they were returned after the revolution in 1815. The church was damaged again during the Belgian revolution in 1830 and the last disaster struck in 1968, when a fire destroyed the roof of the church and much of the interior. Fortunately much of the interior was saved by passers-by or people living nearby. It took almost 20 years to restore the building's roof, but currently the church is back in good shape. More on: aviewoncities.com.

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Additional Photos by Gosia Siudzinska (siudzi) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2709 W: 23 N: 4396] (33003)
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