Meir shopping street
|Namesake||From "meer" (lake)|
|Length||700 m (2,300 ft)|
|Nearest metro station||Meir|
Meir is the main shopping street in Antwerp, Belgium. It is the most important shopping area in the country, both by number of shoppers and by rent prices. The street has been mostly pedestrianised since 1993.
Between 2002 and 2004, it was the most expensive shopping street in the Benelux. Since the opening of the historic Stadsfeestzaal shopping centre in 2007, Meir regained that position. It has the highest rents of any street in Belgium, at 1,700 €/square metre/year.
The name comes from the old Dutch word "meere" (lake). Meir used to be a so-called "wood lake" (houtmeer), where wood destined for use in furniture would be kept wet for a time.
- Meir 50: Royal Residence, built in 1745, served as the Antwerp residence of the Kings of Belgium.
- Meir 85: Osterrieth House, built in 1746 in full rococo style.
- Neoclassical Bourla Theatre, built in 1827 and 1834 by architect Pierre Bruno Bourla.
- Antwerp Central Station, completed 1905 in an eclectic style.
- Antwerp City Hall, completed 1564, in Flemish-Italian Renaissance style.
- Trading Exchange, reconstruction of one of the world's first stock exchanges built in 1531.
- Rubens House, historical home of the painter Peter Paul Rubens.
- Meir klopt voor het eerst Nieuwstraat als drukste winkelstraat 10 March 2010
- High streets – the rental hit parade 10 March 2010
- Historiek der straten en openbare plaatsen van Antwerpen, Thijs A, 1973, Antwerp (in dutch)
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