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