A cosmopolitan city, Antwerp is one of the world’s major seaports. Its unique atmosphere is derived from the contrast between commitment to commerce and love of the arts. The old city area is filled with narrow, winding streets and historic buildings. Here stands the Cathedral of Notre Dame, one of Belgium’s finest and largest Gothic buildings, as well as the Grand Palace. Antwerp was also home to 17th-century painter Peter Paul Rubens. Rubens’ works may be seen in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the Cathedral of Our Lady, and the Church of St. James, where the painter is buried.