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Market Square (Grote Markt) and Rumbold's (Rombouts) cathedral, Mechelen, Belgium June 2011

St. Rumbold's Cathedral From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia St. Rumbold's Cathedral towering over the market square Black Madonna. Black Madonna window.

St. Rumbold's Cathedral is the archiepiscopal cathedral of Mechelen in Belgium.
History

The cathedral was built in honor of Saint Rombout (Rumbold), a seventh century Irish missionary, and it is rumored that his remains are buried inside the cathedral. State-of-the-art examination of the relics assumed to be St. Rumbold's, showed a death date between 580 and 655, while tradition had claimed 775. Twenty-five paintings in the choir illustrate the life of the saint.

The construction was started shortly after 1200, and during the final phase in 1452-1520, the tower of the cathedral itself was built. [edit] St. Rumbold's Tower

The flat-topped silhouette of the cathedral's tower is easily recognizable and dominates the surroundings. The original design called for a 77-meter spire, but only 7 meters of it were ever actually built, hence the unusual shape. Despite its characteristic incompleteness, this World Heritage monument[1] is 97.28 metres high and has 514 stairs which are visited by thousands of tourists every year, following the footsteps of Louis XV, Napoleon, and King Albert I.

Of the original carillon's set of 49 bells, which are still in working order, each has its own name. Some of the most notable are Salvator, which weighs 8884 kg; Jehsus [sic?], which was built in 1460; and the Liberation, which was the newest addition in 1947. Thirty-nine steps above this instrument, there is a second complete carillon on which concerts are played during the summer months. The total weight of both these carillons is over 80 tonnes and there are 98 bells in all. [edit] Interior Wiki letter w cropped.svg This section requires expansion.

The main entrance leads, underneath the tower, into the nave of the cathedral (approximately 118 meters long).

The interior features a Baroque quire and a high altar by Lucas Faydherbe, as well as paintings by Anthony van Dyck and others, sculptures by Lucas Faydherbe, Michiel Vervoort and others, and stained-glass windows.[2]

One of the highlights of the cathedral is a painting of the Black Madonna and a glass window with the Black Madonna (though depicted as a white Madonna).

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