The Boerentoren

Tags: Belgium , Antwerp , Building

What : Building
When : 
Built between 1929 – 1931
Where : 
Schoenmarkt 35, 2000 Antwerpen
Admission : 
Free (Only to be viewed from the outside)
Locally Known As : 
The KBC tower
Trivia : Did you know the Boerentoren was the highest building of Europe at the time it was built?

Description

The KBC tower (now called Boerentoren) is a monumental building in the center of Antwerp. It was the first skyscraper in Europe and was built between 1929 and 1931 commissioned by the ‘General Bankvereeniging’. It remains the tallest building and the second tallest structure in the city after the Cathedral of our Lady until the 1950s when it was overtaken by skyscrapers in Moscow and Warsaw. With a height of 87 meters (in 1931), divided into 25 floors it was an real eye-catcher. In 1970 the tower was restored and nowadays, this Art Deco-style building has a height of this 97,75 meter.

The Boerentoren is designed by Jan Van Hoenacker and a protected monument since July 17, 1981.

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