The Grote Markt, the central square in the historic centre, is dominated by St Rumbold's Tower. You can see it wherever you are. On the other side of the square is the Town Hall. Look at the houses round the Grote Markt. They are from different times and in different styles, including sixteenth-century renaissance and eighteenth-century rococo.
Note the magnificient renaissance frontage and the charming garden. From 1616 to 1796 the palace was home to the Great Council, the highest court of law in the Southern Netherlands. The façade still features Margaret's coat of arms, alongside the coat of arms of Charles V and a figure of Lady Justice.
The people of Mechelen like to enjoy their city and why not! A walk alongside the water in the heart of the city is a unique and relaxing experience, particularly if you walk over the floating part of the Dyle Path! The path leads past (and over) the Dyle, between Haverwerf and the Botanical Garden
St Rumbold's Cathedral was built in the thirteenth century. From the outset it was larger and more impressive than all the other parish churches and later on it became 'the church of the archbishops'.
In a country known for its breathtaking architecture and grand cathedrals, Mechelen, Belgium, has more than its fair share of character and beauty. Located just 30 minutes from the Belgian capital of Brussels, it’s easy to see that the winding streets and brimming cathedral peaks of the two cities share similar inspiration. But Mechelen’s more quaint quarters make it particularly special in that it beckons to be explored on foot or by city trolley. Aside from the necessary exploration of local cathedrals, visitors take in the renowned architecture and shops at Ijzerenleen, sample famous Belgian beers at Brouwerij Het Anker and enjoy modern amusement at the Technopolis theme park. The 97-metre tower of St. Rumbold’s Cathedral and newly opened Holocaust Museum Kazerne Dossin are also near and not to be missed. It’s all within Mechelen and all within a 20-minute transit. As for Martin’s Patershof Mechelen Belgium, it’s in the centre of the city, making it a convenient haven to all that Mechelen has to offer.
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