Mechelen Reflections (128)
Yesterday I visited Belgium together with TE-member Steft. We took the train from Haarlem to Brussels (or actually several regional trains, for the international train was cancelled) and later on we also visited the city of Mechelen. Here is the first post of this day. When I took this photo the weather was nice, but most of the day we had grey skies.
Mechelen (French: Malines) is located in between the cities of Antwerpen (Antwerp/Anvers) and Brussel (Brussels/Bruxelles) and in the province of Antwerpen. The city has about 79,000 inhabitants.
Mechelen was mentioned for the first time in 870 in the Treaty of Meerssen. In the Middle Ages, Mechelen became a city of more importance, got city right in 1301 and got its best time in the 15th and 16th century, when it for example became the capital of the Low Countries (de Nederlanden, roughly the present Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg). Later this political power decreased and moved to Brussels.
On this picture you can see the present town hall of the city, situated on de Grote Markt (Grand Market Square), but partly reflected in a little glass building (I actually don't know what it was) in one corner of the square.
The town hall consists of three parts. Here you can see the left part, which is het Paleis van de Grote Raad (Palace of the Grand Council). The other two parts are het Belfort (Belfry, unfinished, but an UNESCO World Heritage Site) and de Lakenhal (Cloth Hall).
Since 1914 the buildings are used as town hall.
Hope you like this photo, which will be added to my Reflection-Theme.