Mechelen, Belgium

The present day town hall of Mechelen has a grand façade. It is a pity it is incomplete. The right part of the building couldn’t be completed because of lack of funds. In the 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.

Due to wars the business declined and the building could never be complete. For the next two hundred years the bell fry in the middle was left incomplete. It was provided with a roof in the sixteenth century. The tower is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.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 eight churches or the town halls. The stunning facades were free to be seen and photographed. St. Rumbold’s cathedral stands tall inspite 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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16 Responses

  1. Wow..Wonderful architecture. Nice captures, Indrani.

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  2. ladyfi says:

    Those facades are pure magic!

  3. Joop Zand says:

    Lovely shots from a nice place in Belgium.

    Greetings, Joop

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

  5. 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!

  6. magiceye says:

    Love the last pic the best!

  7. Carver says:

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

  8. Carletta says:

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

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

  10. 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!

  11. AmitAag says:

    Magnificent! Splendid! Great clicks and post!!

  12. 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^

  13. Regina says:

    Beautiful captures Indrani.

    Happy weekend.

    Regina

  14. snapperoni says:

    Gorgeous last photo of it standing tall!

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

  15. Rajesh says:

    The facade of this monuments are really grand.

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