by Terry Anzur
Time Travel in Antwerp, Belgium
If your ancestors came to the U.S. from Europe in the early 20th Century, it’s very possible the place where they set sail for the new world is Antwerp, in northern Belgium.
It’s an intriguing day trip from Brussels by train or bus.
A Transportation Cathedral
Don’t be in a hurry to rush out of the train station.
Take a look around at the eclectic but grand architecture with neoclassical and art nouveau touches. You’re standing in one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.
And it almost didn’t survive, after World War II bombs hammered its glass dome.
The station was designed by Bruges City architect Louis Delacenserie and constructed from 1895 to 1905 during the reign of the “Builder” King, Leopold II.
It has been recently refurbished, adding a lower level to accommodate high-speed Thalys trains.
Even if you arrive by car or bus, this Belle Epoque monument to transportation is well worth a sightseeing visit.
WATCH: Go inside the architectural wonder of Antwerp’s train station: