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[May 2007]
The Plantin-Moretus museum
[UNESCO World Heritage] - [Dynasty] - [Printing house] - [Type foundry] - [Library]


Plantin Moretus Museum
The Plantin-Moretus Museum is a printing plant and publishing house dating from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Located in Antwerp, its name refers to the greatest printer-publisher of the second half of the 16th century: Christophe Plantin (ca 1520-1589) and his son in law Jan Moretus (1543-1610).

Plantin Moretus MuseumThe museum is of outstanding architectural value. It contains exhaustive evidence of the life and work of what was the most prolific printing and publishing house in Europe in the late 16th century. Not only does it houses the two oldest surviving printing presses in the world and complete sets of dies and matrices, it can also be proud of its magnificent library, a richly decorated interior, including a painting by Rubens, a friend of the Plantin family, and the entire archives of the Plantin business.

In 2005, the museum has been the first museum to be listed on the UNESCO World heritage site.

[UNESCO World Heritage] - [Dynasty] - [Printing house] - [Type foundry] - [Library]

Photos © 2006/2007 Jean-Christophe Loubet del Bayle / Homepage image from the museum website
Website: Musea Antwerpen - Museum Plantin-Moretus / Prentenkabinet