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The major landmark of Mechelen is the quite unusual St. Rumbold's (Rumbout) Tower (or cathedral). What makes it stand out is the fact that it was never really finished and has a squared tower top. It seems the cathedral was built in honor of Saint Rombout, a 7th century Irish missionary. Some say his remains are still buried in the building. Carbon dating of relics assumed to belong to Saint Rumbout tag date of death as between 580 and 655. Construction was started a bit after 1200 and entered its final phase in 1452-1520 (when the tower was built).

Interesting note: the original plans for this building included a 77 m spire, but ultimately only 7 m were built. Still, it is 97.28 m high and boasts of 514 steps to the top. These stairs have seen thousands of tourists over the years. Little did they know that they were also following in the famous footsteps of Louis XV, Napoleon and King Albert I. There are 49 original carillon bells in this tower, and each one has its own name, for instance the Salvator weighing in at 8,884 k kilograms. Today the tower has 98 bells in all.

Address: Onder-Den-Toren 12, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium

Open hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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