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Saint Rumbold's Cathedral, Mechelen

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St. Rumbold's Cathedral (Sint-Romboutskathedraal) is the Belgian metropolitan archiepiscopal cathedral in Mechelen, dedicated to Saint Rumbold, Christian missionary and martyr who had founded an abbey nearby. His remains are rumoured to be buried inside the cathedral. State-of-the-art examination of the relics honoured as Saint Rumbold's and kept in a shrine in the retro-choir, showed a life span of about 40 years and a death date between 580 and 655, while tradition had claimed 775 AD.ConstructionConstruction of the church itself started shortly after 1200, and it was consecrated in 1312, when part had become usable. From 1324 onwards the flying buttresses and revised choir structure acquired characteristics that would distinguish Brabantine Gothic from French Gothic. After the city fire of 1342, the Master Mason Jean d'Oisy managed repairs and continued this second phase, which by the time of his death in 1375 formed the prototype for that High Gothic style. His successors finished the vaults of the nave by 1437, and those of the choir by 1451.
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  • The Cathedral is a building with high vaults, beautiful stained glass windows, a nice body, and altar. The Tower the only open in the afternoon, it was a penalty have not gone up. Very interesting place.
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  • This Cathedral has large relics and pictures inside with lots of history to tell. Re-fuel
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  • I made a day trip to Mechelen to visit this cathedral, and it was more than worth it. A bright interior has many historical and religious items to see. And be sure to climb the Belfort - open after lu...  more »
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  • Our famous Tower in town! The St. Rumbold's Cathedral has a lovely interior & exterior too. It is a plus to go up the 538 stairs! What a view too!
  • Very rich history. Two carillons in one tower. View until Brusseks and Antwerp
  • exceptional experience with a breathtaking view (at the end of an endless also breathtaking climb); not cheap a good basic physical condition is absolutely necessary
  • Beautiful cathedral. Great carion concerts
  • Beautiful Cathedral. The views from the tower are breathtaking. Listening and watching how the carillon plays is quite an experience.

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Where to stay in Mechelen

Visitors to small-town Mechelen are served by medium-priced hotels in the historical center. This entire area is walkable, so it won't be hard to find accommodations close to the main attractions. For a room with a little more culture and character, try staying in a bed and breakfast run by locals.
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