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A city garden
During the restoration that took place in the 1940's, the garden of the Rubens House was completely re-laid.
For the large decorative elements, such as the fountain, the wooden doors and the pergola, the garden architect was able to refer to paintings of Rubens and his surroundings. In 1993, the garden was given a face-lift and the style of the late renaissance was taken even further. The Rubens Garden is a rare example of this style.
The pavilion is, together with the porch, the most authentic part of the Rubens House. The inspiration is again classical and Italian. All the plants that grow here today existed in Rubens’s time: they all appear in the luxurious botanical volumes that Rubens had in his library.