Antwerp Cathedral - a beautiful European structure by ivan

Antwerp Cathedral - a beautiful European structure

Built between 1352 and 1521 as one of the world's tallest buildings, Antwerp's majestic cathedral still dominates the city's skyline. Inside are magnificent canvases painted by Rubens. The Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kathedraal (Cathedral of our Lady) is described as "a masterpiece of lace work in stone". At the top of the spire is the Belgian flag and, interestingly, the European flag though it is difficult to see against the stonework. Outside every public building in Belgium the national and regional flags fly, and the European flag. I have posted these before.

In case - and at the risk of being boring! - it might be thought that my concern about UK coming out of the EU is purely related to enjoying holidays, please allow me to say this:

I believe in the philosophy of a united Europe. After World War II, European integration was seen as an antidote to the extreme nationalism which had devastated the continent (Wiki). I'm aware of the foundation through Robert Schuman and others of the European Iron & Steel Community in 1952, which eventually led to the EU.

Yes, it has its faults, we know that. But it is still overall a community of nations, working together for the common good, to protect its peoples and the planet. In 2012, the EU received the Nobel Peace Prize for having "contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy, and human rights in Europe."

Personally, I was a local authority European Liaison Officer. Not a major role, a small part of my communications/economic business support job. My local district council is not a large one nor one that would be looking for subsidies from the EU. This is a relatively prosperous part of the UK, does not meet the criteria or have the needs which have enabled many deprived areas of the UK , industries and individual projects to receive significant funding - far exceeding the £350m per week we were said by Brexiters to have paid into the EU.

Now all that is lost, or will have to be found from the UK's revenues. Including Wales, which received a lot of EU funding, but voted 'Out'.

And now we see further moves to break up the UK, especially re Scotland which voted totally to stay in the EU. And there will be problems with Northern Ireland and the Republicans all over again I think, as Ireland will be in the EU and NI won't. Big border problems loom there and at Calais. Spain votes today in a General Election and may well elect a government very unhappy at EU regulation but not proposing to withdraw from it. They will work within the EU to change and improve it. Other member states feel and do the same. I won't go any further. There are so many consequences of Brexit.

Apologies for the length of this. I know there are other viewpoints and I respect them. But it's not for us just about European holidays, lovely though they are :) Have a good and peaceful Sunday.
A beautiful building and nice that you captured a good sky as well to set it off.
June 26th, 2016  
Great capture of a very impressive building
June 26th, 2016  
Beautiful
June 26th, 2016  
Wow, such history and wonderful building!
June 26th, 2016  
i guess you could say it was built to last. i appreciate your opinion, i think we over here didn't really understand all it meant.
June 26th, 2016  
Lovely capture of a wonderful building, great architecture.
June 26th, 2016  
Inspiring!! I love the perspective.
June 26th, 2016  
Gorgeous capture and pov of this beautiful building !
June 26th, 2016  
Bep
Wonderful building. I'm with you # a united Europe.
Fav.
June 26th, 2016  
A beautiful building. Fav!! 😃
June 26th, 2016  
Fav. capture of this beautiful Cathedral.
Ina send her greetings to you to and she is supporting Belgium althoug most cames she find borring.
My point of view of an united Europ : do as much together as possible in both interest without giving up you national indentity . All the countries has a long seperated history and indentety. The policians in Brussels has live to long in a fortress or ivory tower. An exit was to much but they needed a good warning so the become listen to the people again. Can you understand the movings to Straatsburg every month?
June 26th, 2016  
What a magnificent building -lovely photo.

(Have been away for a moth)
June 26th, 2016  
Bob
Very nice capture of this cathedral, and its history.

I also enjoyed your view on the UK coming out of the EU. I think an EU is better than each nation being individualistic. The US started as separate states and ultimately uniting making it a great country in many ways. The US has its problems, some paralleling the UK, but I'm sure both countries will work things out. Thanks for your viewpoint.
June 26th, 2016  
It truly is majestic!

Found your commentary on the Brexit vote very interesting! There are difficult and troubling days ahead for all the Western countries, and indeed the whole world, as we are all so globally interconnected now!
June 26th, 2016  
Lovely picture and interesting commentary both about the cathedral and about the EU. Ian and I agree with your sentiments. Katharine
June 26th, 2016  
Wonderful
June 27th, 2016  
Wow fav
June 27th, 2016  
Beautiful, indeed. Love the old architecture.
June 27th, 2016  
Awesome shot! Fav
June 27th, 2016  
Stunning architecture in this cathedral and an excellent capture. Fav for me. I have been reading a lot about this referendum, the outcome and forecasts. I still cannot understand how people were convinced to vote against something that was beneficial for all the nation. Probably the exit vote had a stronger campaign.
June 27th, 2016  
@pyrrhula Thank you, Ferry. So pleased Belgium won last night. Six of them play in the English Premier League, so we know them well. Be very happy if Belgium won the Euro tournament. Not sure about England as a team, or their coach/manager.
Agree with all you say re EU. It stands for a united Europe, very important. Yes, get rid of the wastefulness and stupid regulations. But work together for a peaceful and happy world, for all. Best wishes to Ina.
June 27th, 2016  
@pusspup @cmp @carolmw @kerristephens @ribbet9 @chard @ladymagpie @lubybee @beryl @gijsje @carolmw @pyrrhula @gooner46 @fishers @777margo @dawnee @aglennc @conbell Thank you all for your nice and interesting comments, on the photo etc. and on EU vote.
June 27th, 2016  
@bobhuegel Thank you, Bob. Interesting what you say that United States were not originally united. I thought that the other day when someone said Europe was the only place where there is a group of countries working together. May I include and thank John @congaree as well in this reply. And also @sangwann thank you Dione, I agree. I think immigation was a big issue - now the Exit people are watering down what they promised on this and other things, including money for the NHS (health service) from savings on what we contribute in funding to EU. We are in very difficult times, more or less rudderless and leaderless. What a sad state for a proud nation which has stood for so much that is good in the world.
June 27th, 2016  
Beautiful cathedral in great architectural style. I had the pleasure to visit it a few years ago. Great capture.
June 27th, 2016  
So sorry for the lost of England. Ina said the game was poor.
June 27th, 2016  
it is beautiful Ivan, the little flag on the top is fab :)
June 27th, 2016  
Amazing structure
June 28th, 2016  
Stunning architectural image.
June 28th, 2016  
Hi Ivan, I was delighted to read your comments. I fully agree with them. And I feel so strongly that a Referendum is deeply flawed by its very nature. It is too general and undependable. The results strongly suggested that had only the younger generation, of under 35, who best represent the hopes of our country now and in the future, been given the vote, the result would have been overwhelmingly in favour.
Now I am terrified our country will be run by that buffoon Boris!
June 29th, 2016  
A fab viewpoint by the way.
June 29th, 2016  
Thank Ivan. So sorry for England . Do n`t blame the people of Wales. Blame the politicans in Brussel and London.
June 29th, 2016  
@will_wooderson Thank you, agree with you on all you say...such a shame.
June 29th, 2016  
@pyrrhula Nice people, Welsh...bad decision.
June 29th, 2016  
@ivan Alway`s a problem, How much of the future you can fit in the present ?
June 29th, 2016  
Wonderful building...fav
June 29th, 2016  
Thanks so much for the follow. What a magnificent building.
June 30th, 2016  
FANtastic pov. Love the lines, detail and that blue sky . Very majestic Ivan Great commentary ... so much going on in your part of the world. FAV
June 30th, 2016  
Share your views... like this image a lot.
June 30th, 2016  
Very interesting to read your side and also the comments and agree with you and also with @pyrrhula about the 'ivory' tower. I'm not too sure about Junckers leadership and the pressure of certain member states to start Article 50. I guess nobody really knows what to do and how to do it, because it's never happened before. But it feels very chaotic at the moment, MP's leaving, nobody really wanting to take the lead, etc. etc.
June 30th, 2016  
outstanding building: outside and inside a masterpiece
July 1st, 2016  
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