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The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal (Cathedral of our Lady) and the Scheldt river.

Antwerp ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}, [ˈɑntʋɛrpə(n)], French: Anvers{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} [ɑ̃vɛʁ(s)]) is a city in Belgium which is the capital of Antwerp province. With a population of 510,610,<ref name="BelMun2014">Statistics Belgium; Loop van de bevolking per gemeente (excel-file) Population of all municipalities in Belgium, as of 1 January 2014. Retrieved on 20 July 2014.</ref> it is the most populous city in Flanders. Its metropolitan area houses around 1,200,000 people.<ref>The capital region of Brussels, whose metropolitan area comprises the city itself plus 18 independent communal entities, counts over 1,700,000 inhabitants, but these communities are counted separately by the Belgian Statistics Office Statbel the Belgian statistics office</ref><ref name="BelMetr">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }} Definitions of metropolitan areas in Belgium.</ref>

Antwerp is on the River Scheldt, linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde estuary. The Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world, ranking third in Europe and within the top 20 globally.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Antwerp has long been an important city in the Low Countries, both economically and culturally, especially before the Spanish Fury (1576) in the Dutch Revolt. The inhabitants of Antwerp are nicknamed Sinjoren, after the Spanish honorific señor or French seigneur, "lord", referring to the Spanish noblemen who ruled the city in the 17th century.<ref>Geert Cole; Leanne Logan, Belgium & Luxembourg p.218 Lonely Planet Publishing (2007) ISBN 1-74104-237-2</ref>


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