It's harrowing, but true. Europe did not blossom until well into the 20th century. One war follewed another, thus creating a need for places to care for the many wounded soldiers. Partly for this reason, at the beginning of the 19th century, a Military Hospital was built in Antwerp, along with a stately chapel in eclectic style with Neo-Flemish Renaissance, Neo-Baroque and Neo-Classical elements. A remarkable building, which fortunately performs a much more joyful role today.
Nowadays, the chapel of the Military Hospital is still a place of worship, but for the culinary gods. Since 2010, it has housed The Jane, a world-class restaurant where chef Nick Bril shines with two Michelin stars. Revitalised with new stained-glass windows, a modern interior and a monumental chandelier weighing 800 kg, it is a textbook exaple of how ancient heritage can head into the future..
Where centuries ago diplomats sat deep in reflection, wounded soldiers were being cared for, prayers were uttered, black coal was extracted from the ground or beer was being brewed... people now live in the present. The soul of Flanders' heritage has been afforded a new impetus. Because our heritage truly is alive and kicking.