The splendor Stadhuis (City Hall) of Mechelen, Belgium

Without any doubt, one of the most beautiful buildings in Mechelen is the City Hall, located on the Grote Markt. The construction of this amazing building began in the 14th century and with many interruptions and reconstructions lasted until the early 20th century. Situated on one of the four sides of the central city square, Stadhuis Mechelen is part of the overall Renaissance magnificence of the beautiful historic city center.

In fact, the Stadhuis Mechelen is an architectural complex consisting of three buildings, each of which has its own style. The Grand Council Palace (Paleis van de Grote Raad) was built in 1526 by the famous architect Rombout II Keldermans. The final construction was completed between 1900/11 by architects Philippe Van Boxmeer (1863-1955) and Pierre François Langerock (1859 - 1923), according to the original plans of the 16th century in Neo-Gothic style. Another part of Stadhuis is BelFry (Belfort Toren). The construction of the bell tower began in the 14th century in Gothic style. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Lakenhal (Cloth Hall), also built in the first half of the 14th century, between 1311 and 1326, had a specially commercial purposes and was used for trade in textiles. The trade in fabrics and various textile goods was well-known in medieval city of Mechelen and was contributed to the rapid development of the city and the wealth of its inhabitants.

The three buildings of the complex have been united in general functions since the city's government moved here in 1914 and became the Mechelen City Hall (Stadhuis).

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Related links

http://mechelen.mapt.be/wiki/Stadhuis

https://www.amazingbelgium.be/2017/03/the-town-hall-and-belfry-of-mechelen.html