Historical and Commemorative
Collection of Benjamin Weiss
ST. ROMBAUT AT MALINES
WIENER, Jacques and Leopold: Belgium, 1846, Bronze, 50 mm
Malines (Flemish, Mechlin) is an ancient and important city in Belgium and since 1559, the seat of the only Belgian archbishopric. Its cathedral, which was dedicated to St. Rombaut , was begun in the 12th century, was finished early in the 14th century, and was modified in the 15th after a fire. The massive tower of over 300 feet, which is described as unfinished because the original intention was to carry it to 500 feet, is its most striking external feature. The cathedral contains a fine altarpiece by Van Dyck.