15 Sights in Mechelen, Belgium (with Map and Images)


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Explore interesting sights in Mechelen, Belgium. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 15 sights are available in Mechelen, Belgium.

Sightseeing Tours in Mechelen

1. Aartsbisschoppelijk paleis

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Aartsbisschoppelijk paleis Vlaamse Gemeenschap / CC BY 4.0

The Archbishop's Palace of Mechelen is the residence of the Archbishops of Mechelen. It is located on the Wollemarkt in Mechelen, near the Grote Markt. The palace dates back to the 18th century and has undergone numerous renovations. The style of the building is classicism, which is reflected in the following characteristics: sober façade construction, a lot of horizontalism and a U-shaped floor plan. The palace shows influences of Italian architecture. At the back there is a very large garden.

Wikipedia: Aartsbisschoppelijk Paleis van Mechelen (NL), Heritage Website

2. St. Rumbold's Cathedral

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St. Rumbold's Cathedral is the Roman Catholic metropolitan archiepiscopal cathedral in Mechelen, Belgium, 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.

Wikipedia: St. Rumbold's Cathedral (EN), Website, Url, Heritage Website

3. Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-over-de-Dijlekerk

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The Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-over-de-Dijlekerk is a Gothic church in Mechelen. The oldest mention of Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-over-de-Dijle dates back to 1236, when the parish was founded. Before that, the pastor was always a priest of the chapter of St. Rumbold's. Nothing can be found of the former building; It was possibly destroyed by the city fire of 1342. The current church dates from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. The church is considered to be part of the Brabant Gothic.

Wikipedia: Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-over-de-Dijlekerk (NL), Heritage Website

4. Sint-Pieter-en-Paulkerk

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The Sint-Pieters-en-Pauluskerk is a baroque church on the Veemarkt in Mechelen, built between 1669 and 1694 according to plans by the Jesuit Antoon Losson. Officially it is called the Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul on visitation with Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint Francis Xavier. Next to it is the Court of Cambrai, the former residence of Margaret of York and across the street the Court of Savoy, the former residence of Margaret of Austria.

Wikipedia: Sint-Pieters-en-Pauluskerk (Mechelen) (NL), Heritage Website

5. Joods Museum van Deportatie en Verzet

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Joods Museum van Deportatie en Verzet

The Kazerne Dossin Holocaust memorial is the only part of the Kazerne Dossin: Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights established within the former Mechelen transit camp of World War II, from which, in German-occupied Belgium, arrested Jews and Romani were sent to concentration camps. The aforementioned museum and documentation centre are housed in a new purpose-built complex across the public square.

Wikipedia: Kazerne Dossin Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre (EN)

6. De Maan

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Beeldsmederij De Maan is a Mechelen puppet and figure theatre for young and old. The artistic and general director is Stef De Paepe since 2013, and the scenographer is Paul Contryn, puppeteer and maker, and son of Louis Contryn. It is a non-profit organisation that receives support from the Flemish government, the city of Mechelen and the province of Antwerp.

Wikipedia: Beeldsmederij De Maan (NL), Website

7. Oud Oefenplein

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Oud Oefenplein, popularly called 'Plein', is the social housing estate between the Antwerpsesteenweg and the Liersesteenweg in Mechelen-Noord in Mechelen. It was built around 1960 and has a few hundred housing units. After 2001, a start was made with renovation of the houses in the district. There are two large apartment blocks in the center.

Wikipedia: Oud Oefenplein (NL)

8. 't Arsenaal

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ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, formerly 't Arsenaal, is the theatre company in Mechelen in which the former Mechelen Miniature Teater (MMT) merged in the 2002-2003 season. ARSENAAL/LAZARUS is located on the Hanswijkstraat in Mechelen and has two theatres available there that open into the Kruidtuin at the rear, via a bridge over the Dijle.

Wikipedia: 't Arsenaal (NL)

9. Vrijbroekpark

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The Vrijbroekpark, officially Provincial Green Domain Vrijbroekpark, is a park in the Belgian city of Mechelen. It is located on the outskirts of the city and is 65 hectares in size. The province of Antwerp is the owner and it is freely accessible every day. Among other things, it organises walks and exhibitions.

Wikipedia: Vrijbroekpark (NL), Website, Heritage Website

10. Van der Valk Hotel

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Van der Valk Hotel Michiel1972 / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Zwemdok in Mechelen was a swimming pool since its opening in 1924 until its closure in 2001. Since then, the building, which was built in the Art Nouveau style, has been vacant. The building located on the Rode Kruisplein and on the turning dock of the Binnendijle is a protected monument.

Wikipedia: Zwemdok (Mechelen) (NL), Website, Heritage Website

11. Schepenhuis

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Schepenhuis Original uploader was BrianKgs at nl.wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Schepenhuis of Mechelen is a building where the city's aldermen held their meetings in the Middle Ages. It is located on the edge of the Grote Markt, between the latter and the IJzerenleen and is considered the first stone 'town hall' of Flanders.

Wikipedia: Schepenhuis, Mechelen (EN), Website, Heritage Website

12. Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-van-Leliëndaalkerk

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Our Lady of Leliendaal Church is a Roman Catholic church in Mechelen, served by the Society of Jesus. It was designed by Lucas Faydherbe and is protected structure; described by the city council of Mechelen as one of its 8 historic churches.

Wikipedia: Church of Our Lady of Leliendaal, Mechelen (EN), Website, Heritage Website

13. Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-van Hanswijkbasiliek

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The Basilica of Our Lady of Hanswijk is a Roman Catholic basilica in Mechelen, Belgium. The basilica is a famous place of pilgrimage in Belgium, the statue was crowned on 30 July 1876 by Cardinal Deschamps by request of pope Pius IX.

Wikipedia: Basilica of Our Lady of Hanswijk (EN), Website, Heritage Website

14. Museum Hof van Busleyden

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The Museum Hof van Busleyden is a museum in the Belgian city of Mechelen. The collection is housed in the Hof van Busleyden city palace. The design of this project started in 2012 and led to the opening of the museum in March 2018.

Wikipedia: Museum Hof van Busleyden (NL), Website, Opening Hours, Heritage Website

15. Sint-Janskerk

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The Sint-Janskerk is a 15th-century Gothic church in Mechelen. This church is dedicated to John the Baptist and John the Evangelist. The spire is 55.5 meters high and is surrounded by four small turrets

Wikipedia: Sint-Janskerk (Mechelen) (NL), Heritage Website


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