Mu­seum Plantin-More­tus

Timeless Travels Magazine - - BELGIUM -

For all book lovers, this mu­seum is a real trea­sure trove. It is the home and print­ing es­tab­lish­ment of Christophe Plantin, a book­binder and leather crafter from France, who came to An­twerp in the 16th cen­tury.

In 1555 he pub­lished his first book and went on to be­come a prom­i­nent printer, care­fully nav­i­gat­ing his way around the reli­gious and po­lit­i­cal con­flicts of his day. His com­pany even­tu­ally be­came a multi­na­tional with branches in Frankfurt, Lei­den and Paris.

The im­pres­sive 16th-cen­tury man­sion con­tains the fully equipped print­ing of­fice along with the world’s old­est print­ing presses (over 400-year­sold) and an im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of books in­clud­ing the first at­las and a Guten­berg Bi­ble. In 2005 it was awarded UNESCO her­itage sta­tus. www.mu­se­um­plantin­more­tus.be/en

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