Literary Flanders, Museum Plantin-Moretus
'Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary', said the famous writer and Noble PriZe winner Boris Pasternak. So, are you ready to discover something extraordinary in Flanders? Search for an ideal state, learn the art of printing, sail around the world, meet your favourite authors and immerse yourself in the world of comics.

1. Museum Plantin-Moretus: alive more than ever

Literary Flanders, Museum Plantin-Moretus, facade
Perfectly preserved and ready to roll. There they stand: the oldest printing presses in the world. Christophe Plantin and the Moretus-family were the first printers to work on an industrial scale. And now, more than 400 years later, it is still possible to visit their mansion, workshop, garden, library... This unique museum, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is a true gem in the heart of Antwerp. Moreover, the museum is fully renovated in the summer of 2016.

2. Around the world with Mercator

Literary Flanders, Mercatormuseum - ©Mercatormuseum
Books are more than only literature. The Mercator Museum features the fascinating world of cartography. It tells the story of Gerardus Mercator, born in Flanders in 1512. His famous Mercator Projection became the standard for marine charts and is still used today. The rare terrestrial and celestial globes form the eye-catchers of the museum, together with a wide variety of maps and atlases, including the Ptolemaic edition of 1584. Computer animations, videos and interactive screens add a contemporary touch to the exhibition.

3. Contemporary literature in Brussels

Literary Flanders - Passa Porta - Entry
Book lovers, authors, readers, translators, cultural mediators and anyone who is just curious are all invited to Passa Porta, the international house of literature in Brussels. Besides the varied multilingual bookshop, the enthusiastic team presents a diverse programme of literary encounters, such as book launches, masterclasses, book clubs, meet and greets,... Check the website for the latest news and events.

4. A walk through the world of comics

Literary Flanders, Comics - ©
Tintin, the Smurfs, Lucky Luke, Spike and Suzy, Le Chat,... All come to life in the streets of Brussels. Comics are an integral part of Belgian culture and show the young, creative and colourful character of our capital. Follow the comic strip walk and discover several walls with paintings of famous comic book heroes.
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