This Belgian town has recently become very popular among Russian tourists. Since ancient times Mechelen has been famous for bell art. Many bells manufactured by local artists are installed in largest churches of Moscow and St. Petersburg. There is also an old school of bell ringers named Het Shipka in Mechelen.
When it comes to historical and architectural monuments of the town, we can definitely mention St. Rumbolt Cathedral. Some of the towers of the cathedral have a height of 97 meters. In order to climb to the top of the tower, one needs to go through 514 steps. The observation area on the top of the tower features perfectly visible neighborhoods of Mechelen. When the weather is clear you can see the shape of Antwerp on the horizon. The altar of the cathedral is made of marble. The master worked over its creation in 1665. If you walk behind the altar, you will see beautiful frescoes, triptychs and sculptures that were created in the 14th - 16th centuries. The most precious decoration of this holy place is the painting of Van Dyck titled “The Crucifixion of Christ”.
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