The Saint Rombouts tower is unfinished, that is something many people immediately see. In Antwerpen another cathedral is missing something (the second tower is never erected) and there are more examples of this "tradition" in belgium (and Dutch Brabant and Limburg). How come that when Belgian start something they don't finish it? Most often because of lack in funding? (-:
Just kidding, the eventual monumental standards in Belgian are anyway competing away the Dutch ones.
As about the Saint Rombouts tower. The original plans were made in Mechelen's wealthy decades. It was rich, centre of power and a commercial and political centre. Building towers always tried to reflect that power and wealth. The Saint Rumbold's cathedral had to had the highest tower in the Lowlands. In total, it should have reached the dazzling height of 160 meters, but financial troubles appeared when power went back to Brussel. In the cathedral one can see what should have been ... if the purse would have been filled continuously. In my picture ... also an impression (-:
Gouden Carolus is a beer still brewed in Mechelen.
This beer probably found it's name after the golden mint of empreror Karel.
It was best consumed when the fox hunt took place. It tends to bring horses and jockeys in the best mood.
It is a special beer ,
fermented with Belgian hop.
Because of it's appealing taste and color it is also very suitable to use in the kitchen.
Here and there in 'Mechelse' restaurants you will find dishes with this beer.
Brewery HET ANKER nv
Guido gezellelaan 49
Hanswijk and our Lady
In 988 a ship sailed up the Dijle, with a wooden image of the Virgin Mary on board. Off Hanswijk the ship ran aground. After vain efforts to get it affloat again, the image was put ashore and at once the ship got afloat. Asign that Mary wanted to stay there.
In 1272 Mechelen was harassed by troubles and pestilence. Being at their wits'end, the citizens had recourse to Our Lady and carried her image to town. When pestilence disappeared, they promised to carry every year the image solemnly through the town.
The miraculous image knew an increasing veneration; each year the procession went through the town. In 1876 the image was crowned on behalf of the pope. It was the official recognition of nine centuries of popular devotion to Our Lady of Hanswijk.
(The text of this legend was taken from the brochure about the procession & the program of the day)