This 17th century patrician's dwelling once was home to Antwerp's mayor Nicolaas Rockox (1560-1640), who is famous mainly for his friendship with Pieter Paul Rubens and his patronage of the illustrious painter. The house was refurnished to match the Rockox estate at the time of the mayor's passing and breathes an authentic 17th century atmosphere, with charming furniture and paintings by Antwerp's most famous artists, including the brothers Pieter and Jan Brueghel, Anthony (Antoon) Van Dyck, Jacob Jordaens and Rubens himself. Also worth seeing is the recently restored garden of the house, planted with herbs and flowers that Rockox received from the French humanist Nicolas Claude Fabri de Peirenc. Visiting hours: from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays.