Antwerp has a lot to offer. It is the economic heart of Belgium thanks to the international port. Moreover, since the end of the nineteenth century, it has been one of the most important centres of the diamond industry. Antwerp also features the Flanders Fashion Institute, one of Europe's leading fashion institutes.
In terms of culture, Antwerp is world-famous because of its renowned painters P. P. Rubens, Anthony Van Dijck and Jacob Jordaens. Our institution's name is a double reference to the art history of Antwerp: ARTesis and Plantijn. Plantijn Moretus started a printing company in Antwerp in 1555 and is recognised as one of the most famous printers of that time.
Besides the medieval city centre with its magnificent gothic cathedral and picturesque narrow streets and squares, Antwerp boasts several interesting neighbourhoods for aficionados of modern fashion, Art Nouveau and Bauhaus architecture, as well as numerous old and new cafés and restaurants.