In the square housing this triumphant Baroque church you might well imagine yourself to be in Italy. The Antwerp Jesuits built it between 1615 and 1621, during the Counter-Reformation. Contemporaries considered it ‘heaven on earth’ and even today the church still feels like that, with its dynamic façade, refined interior, two storeys and the sublime Rubenskapel (Rubens Chapel). In addition to quite a few paintings, the church comprises a remarkable collection of lace and textiles. The Community of Sant’Egidio, which is also committed to looking after the poor and to promoting dialogue and peace, celebrates liturgy here. A special tradition is the Artists’ Mass on a Sunday featuring choirs and musicians. You can visit the Mariakapel (Our Lady Chapel), Sacristy and ancient crypts and descend into a secret passageway in The Ruien (a hidden underground system of vaults, canals, bridges, sewers and sluices) accompanied by an experienced guide.