Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #1 in Mechelen, Belgium


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 6 sights
Distance 1.2 km
Ascend 10 m
Descend 10 m

Experience Mechelen in Belgium in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Individual Sights in Mechelen

Sight 1: Schepenhuis

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

The Schepenhuis of Mechelen, Flemish Brabant, Belgium, 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), Heritage Website

53 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 2: Margaretha van Oostenrijk

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Margaretha van Oostenrijk

Archduchess Margaret of Austria was Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands from 1507 to 1515 and again from 1519 to 1530. She was the first of many female regents in the Netherlands.

Wikipedia: Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy (EN)

171 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 3: 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 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

157 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 4: De Maan

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Beeldsmederij De Maan is a Mechelen puppet and puppet 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

201 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 5: 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 seen 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

622 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 6: Sint-Pieter-en-Paulkerk

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St. Peter and Paul's Church 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 to St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis Xavier. Next to it is the Court of Cambrai, the former residence of Margaret of York and on the other side the Court of Savoy, the former residence of Margaret of Austria.

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


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