You are in: Europe -> Belgium -> Plantin-Moretus Hous... , and traditional search or Image Gallery will yield results of this site only
Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex
Site number:
Type of site: Cultural
Date: 16th c.-1867
Date of Inscription: 2005
Location: Europe, Belgium, Flanders Region, City of Antwerp
Image Gallery
Up to 75 images are shown here. Click on each for more details or on Image Gallery for more images.
Description: Once a printing plant and publishing house, the Plantin-Moretus Museum dates back to the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Paris and Venice, Antwerp were the three leading cities of early European printing, Antwerp, where the complex is located, is associated with the history of the invention and the spread of typography. Named after the greatest printer-publisher of the late 16th century, Christophe Plantin (c. 1520-1589), the monument is of exceptional architectural value. The evidence of the life and work of Europe’s most prolific printing and publishing house of late 16th century is contained within these walls. Treasures such as a large assortment of old printing equipment, an extensive library, invaluable archives and works of art, among them a painting by Rubens are all contained within the building of the old printing company, which was in operation until 1867. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  The Plantin-Moretus Museum is a museum in Antwerp, Belgium honouring the famous printers Christoffel Plantijn and Jan Moretus. It is located in their former residence and printing establishment, Plantin Press, at the Friday Market. The printing company was founded in the 16th century by Christoffel Plantijn. After his death it was owned by his son-in-law Jan Moretus. In 1876 Edward Moretus sold the company to the city of Antwerp. One year later the public could visit the living areas and the printing presses. In 2002 the museum was nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2005 it was finally put on this list. It is the first, and as yet only, museum on the list. The Plantin-Moretus Museum possesses an exceptional collection of typographical material. Not only does it house the two oldest surviving printing presses in the world and complete sets of dies and matrices, it it also has an extensive library, a richly decorated interior and the entire archives of the Plantin business. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
World Map