things to do
every friday morning, a furniture and used items auction takes place on the square. All the goods have been confiscated by debt collectors, so you’ll have to live with the knowledge that you’re using those unfortunate souls’ stuff. Many of the items are really junk, but if you’re lucky and act fast, you can find and bid for some real treasure troves.
The Sint-Anna Tunnel or Pedestrian tunnel as Antwerpers call it is a tunnel for pedestrians and cyclists under the River Scheldt, connecting the left and right banks of the river. It was opened to the public in 1933. You can enter and exit the tunnel using the elevator or one of the four original wooden escalators. In the early days these escalators were a real novelty. Antwerp’s master architect Emiel Van Averbeke designed the two entrance buildings.
Many original elements were preserved, including the wooden escalators, the old warning signs and the two entrance halls. Prior to the construction of the tunnel two ferries connected the Scheldt’s banks. Everybody agreed as early as 1874 that a permanent link was necessary. Plans for a bridge were rejected because this would impede navigation on the river. In 1931, finally, the decision was made to build a tunnel.In 1944 the German army blew up the entrance building on the left bank. The restoration took several years. In the meantime passengers were forced to resort to the ferries again
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