An­cient city wall dis­cov­ered by new tram works in An­twerp

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOGICAL NEWS -

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

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