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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  • August 15, 2017
    Upon entering the Cathedral (free entrance) you get a waw-feeling. Your progress will continue research, you will see some decline, especially on the ceilings in the zijnissen. Also the many "cemeteries" are interesting. (there is even a clergyman who is buried along with his "huysvrauwe" ...) Either way, a visit to the Cathedral is an exclusive experience and I recommend it. Next time we visit the Rombouts Cathedral, could now not because of lack of time.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Certainly worth the climb, 100m above Mechelen. We expected it to be windy on the platform but the glass walkway keeps you well protected. If you are visiting Mechelen visit this before the Zoo or boa...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Admission to the Cathedral is free. I liked it very well, it was very quiet inside and there was much to see. A small part is restored at the moment. It played soft pleasant music. Can I highly recommend it's worth really. People who like can krakseln also on the Tower (that costs I think money).
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  • May 26, 2017
    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!
  • June 29, 2017
    Very rich history. Two carillons in one tower. View until Brusseks and Antwerp
  • April 8, 2017
    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
  • February 16, 2017
    Beautiful cathedral. Great carion concerts
  • May 12, 2016
    Beautiful Cathedral. The views from the tower are breathtaking. Listening and watching how the carillon plays is quite an experience.

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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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