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Plantin-Moretus Museum

Local name: Museum Plantin-Moretus

Museum Plantin-Moretus was named after two famous 16th-century printers - Christophe Plantin and Jan Moretus. You can see the two oldest preserved printing machines in the world. The museum's collection also includes the priceless "Polyglot Bible" - an eight-volume edition of the Holy Bible with texts in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek and Syrian. The museum, housed in a former printing house, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005.

The printing house was created as a result of an unfortunate accident that took place in 1555. The bookbinder Christophe Plantin was attacked in the street and seriously injured in the hand. He was unable to work. With the help of the Protestant sect, Familia Caritatis Plantin founded a printing house.

The Plantin-Moretus Museum also presents the turbulent history of the Plantin family, including the circumstances of Plantin leaving Antwerp under the influence of accusations of Calvinist sympathies.

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