of Belgium. The cathedral also has a great history and even a huge art
|St. rumbold's Cathedral - Mechelen - Belgium|
The construction of St. Rumbold's started shortly after 1200 and it was
used as a church around 1312.
In 1342, a fire broke out and Jean d'Oisy managed the repairs in
High Gothic Style.
|St. Rumbold's Cathedral wit Maria of Austria Statue in Mechelen|
Between 1452-1520 the tower was built. Pilgrims financed it and later
the city of Mechelen did.
In 1559 the church became a cathedral.
The interior has a Baroque high altar and choir, as well as paintings made
by inter alia: Anthony van Dyck and Michiel Coxie.
|Choir St. Rumbold's Cathedral|
The unfinished Tower of the St. Rumbold's Cathedral is now a
World Heritage monument.
It is 97,28 meters high and it counts 514 steps.
The carillon's set consists of 49 bells, all in working order.
|St. Rumbold's Tower - Mechelen|
Why is this cathedral a Royal destination?
In the past there were a lot of Royal visitors inter alia:
King Louis XV of France;
King Albert I of Belgium;
King Baudouin and his wife, Queen Fabiola.
In 1985, Pope John Paul II celebrated a mass at St. Rumbold's Cathedral.
He should have stated: ' Your tower isn't complete'.
|Art -Painting of Michiel Coxie in the cathedral|