Mechelen Town Hall

Mechelen, Belgium

Mechelen town hall on the Grote Markt consists of two parts: the cloth hall with unfinished belfry and the Palace of the Great Council. The cloth trade went into decline in the 14th century and there wasn't the money to complete the building. For two hundred years the belfry was no more than a shell, until it was eventually provided with a temporary roof in the 16th century. The belfry is now a UNESCO world heritage site. On the right of the belfry you can see the oldest part of the town hall, the remains of the earlier cloth hall. On the left is the Palace of the Great Council. The Great Council never actually met here, because this wing was only completed in the twentieth century in accordance with the original sixteenth-century plans of the then leading architect Rombout Keldermans. The interior of the Town Hall is well worth seeing.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Belgium

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Zsófia Kovács (12 months ago)
Quite small but really unique city!
pranav joshi (2 years ago)
beautiful building & beautiful town square
ncku16howard (2 years ago)
Waw~ I thought it is a hotel
Edward (4 years ago)
Commissioned by Margaret of Austria and designed by Rombout Keldermans. The plan was to extend the Stadhuis further along the Grote Markt, but the money ran out after Margaret’s death and the plain stonework and simple gables of the rest of the building were only added several centuries later.
Martijn Tobbackx (4 years ago)
Beautiful completely restaurated medieval city hall
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