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.