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Mechelen or Malines in French is situated half-way between Antwerp and Brussels and has around 75.000 inhabitants.

This typical Flemish city was founded on the banks of river Dijle in the Middle-Ages and its most remarkable landmark is St. Rumbold's tower which can be found in the small town center. The tall tower, which can be easily seen over the low buildings, was left unfinished due to financial problems.

Still, beside this, in the town center can be also found other beautiful old buildings such as the former Palace of Margaret of Austria or the Town Hall.

Mechelen had its glorious period in the first half of the 16th Century when Margaret of Austria set up her court here. But shortly after, the court was again moved to the most important city of Belgium, Brussels.

Nowadays, Mechelen is still the religious capital of Belgium, the Archbishop of Belgium having his residence here.

Mechelen Town Hall and Market Square

Groen Waterke - one of Mechelen's channels

  • Last visit to Mechelen: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2007 at 12:27 PM

    The Cathedral is very beautiful here in Mechelen = a very pretty place - I like to wander of the beaten path - you discovered some gems here

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2007 at 10:57 PM

    Saint Rumbold Cathedral's is beautifull and you captured it very nicely on lens ;-)

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2007 at 5:10 AM

    Beautiful pictures and good info, especially on the cathedral. I also like your picture of Het klapgat, any places for men? :-)

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2006 at 3:04 PM

    Wow! The St. Rumbold Cathedreal really is beautiful inside and out and HUGE. I love the Flemish houses and the architecture in general. Nice page Diana.

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2006 at 2:53 PM

    Very good photos of the cathedral. Mechelen was an enchanting town.

  • Apr 11, 2006 at 3:10 PM

    Great pictures, Diana. Keep on going! Wishing you a good Easter Weekend!

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2006 at 12:30 AM

    Super pictures of the inner Cathedral ! greetz

  • Fam.Rauca's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2006 at 1:08 PM

    Interiorul acestei catedrale este superb, iar pozele pun in evidenta detaliile acestei arhitecturi minunate. Gabriela

  • Ben-UK's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2006 at 12:35 PM

    Very good photos of the cathedral Diana -- the Town Hall square looks nice too -- hope to visit one day -- thanks for the information.

  • Feb 26, 2006 at 2:37 AM

    Mechelen is the town where I was born and spent my youth. Glad you enjoyed it there. Good tips for visiting the "St-Rombouts" cathedral. Nice pictures too.


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