Belfry of Mechelen, Belgium – a World Heritage Site

I included Mechelen in my itinerary of tour of Belgium because the belfry of Mechelen, Belgium is listed in UNESCO World Heritage sites. There are 32 belfries in Belgium and France, yet they all are included and counted as one single site. This is the 4th Belfry of Belgium I visited. The other 3 are: Belfry of Tournai, Belfry of Bruges and Belfry of Ghent.

The present day town hall of Mechelen has a grand façade. It is a pity the town hall is incomplete in construction. Right part of the building couldn’t be completed because of lack of funds. During 1500s the left part of the building housed the high court of United Netherlands. During the 1400s the rightmost part of the building was trading place for cloth business.

 Belfry of Mechelen, Belgium

belfry of Mechelen, Belgium

Due to wars the business declined and the building could never be completed. For the next two hundred years the belfry in the middle was left incomplete. It was provided with a roof in the sixteenth century. Even in its state of incompleteness I found the façade amazingly beautiful! Imagine the magnificence had it been completed!

Late arrival to the city of Mechelen meant we couldn’t see any the interiors of the 8 churches or the town halls. The stunning facades are free to be seen and photographed.

St. Rumbold’s Cathedral, Mechelen

St. Rumbold’s Cathedral stands tall in spite of not being built to its original intended height 60m taller than the present height.

The tower measures 97m. Here is one view as I looked straight up.

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15 Responses

  1. ladyfi says:

    Those facades are pure magic!

  2. Joop Zand says:

    Lovely shots from a nice place in Belgium.

    Greetings, Joop

  3. Great photos, I love your photographic angles. 🙂

  4. Sylvia K says:

    Oh, I do agree, the facades are magic indeed!! What an incredible place and your captures are superb, Indrani!! I love the different perspectives!! Have a lovely evening!

  5. magiceye says:

    Love the last pic the best!

  6. Carver says:

    The architecture is beautiful and perfect skies to set it off.

  7. Carletta says:

    Even without the right side completed it is still a massive and beautifully ornate architectural structure.
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. wow! impressive! wonder what it would have looked like if completed!

  9. eileeninmd says:

    The facades are beautiful, what a lovely structure. It is a shame it was never completed. Great capture, Indrani! Have a lovely weekend!

  10. AmitAag says:

    Magnificent! Splendid! Great clicks and post!!

  11. arabesque says:

    a pity that the rest of the façade can't be complete, regardless,
    tis beautiful esp when you look from above.
    that is a nice angle.

    ps: i emailed you regarding some questions, tnx in advance. ^0^

  12. Regina says:

    Beautiful captures Indrani.

    Happy weekend.


  13. snapperoni says:

    Gorgeous last photo of it standing tall!

    I wish I could see this place for myself one day… very soon! 🙂

  14. Rajesh says:

    The facade of this monuments are really grand.

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