Grote Markt (Grand Place), Mechelen, Belgium

In the historic part of Mechelen is the city's central square Grote Markt. It is almost square and is surrounded by beautiful buildings in a style from the early to the late Renaissance period, where facades can be seen from classical Gothic, Baroque and even Rococo. And although many of the buildings have undergone repairs and reconstructions, the ambition has always been to preserve the medieval charm of this stunningly beautiful square.

Some of Mechelen's most iconic buildings are located on the Grote Markt as a magnificent Renaissance necklace around the square. One of the symbols of the city is the St. Rumbold's Cathedral and its remarkable BelFry Tower, which is very close to Grote Markt. From the roof terrace of the Tower (Sint-Romboutstoren) it's opened incredible panoramic views across the city and surroundings. Against the Tower, at the other end of the square, stands the bronze sculpture of Opsinjoorke, related to the folklore traditions of the local inhabitants. Near the cathedral and Grote Markt is the statue of Margaret of Austria. From 1849 until 2004 the statue was placed in the middle of the square and was surrounded by a large dial. In its Gothic splendor on the Grote Markt is also the City Hall of Mechelen.

In 2004, by decision of the city's administration, a reconstruction of the Grote Markt was started in order to build an underground parking and turn the square into a pedestrian zone. The excavation works have revealed artifacts that prove that in the 13th century there was an important road, a commercial street with remnants of ancient shops.

The whole ensemble from the central square and the buildings around it are an extremely historic, architectural and material heritage for the city of Mechelen.

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Related links

https://www.reisfanaten.be/grote-markt-mechelen/

https://www.mechelen.be/de-grote-markt-van-straat-tot-plein