Ancient city wall discovered by new tram works in Antwerp
Antwerp’s recent tram works have revealed the ancient 16th-century city walls. In fact, the city was built as a fortified city by Charles V in 1542. Designed by master architects from Italy, the wall even has small platforms that were used for canons. A moat separated the city from the surrounding area with a number of bridges via city gates.
Demolished partly in the 19th century, the walls were used to fill the moat up as the city’s heritage was not considered a priority at the time. In a recent open day, held in Antwerp, the public were invited to view a number of the remains of the bridges that had once existed in the city.
Work continues on the development of the tramway in Antwerp but certain areas will be left exposed. The city hopes that archeological findings will reveal more historical findings. Many of the sites will be preserved and building work completed sympathetically and with consideration of some of the archeological finds.
The ancient city fortification walls recently discovered in Antwerp