Church of St Peter and St Paul


This beautiful, harmonious baroque church was originally dedicated by the Jesuits to St Ignatius and St Francis Xavier. After the abolition of the Jesuit Order, the parish of St Peter and Paul asked if they might make the Jesuit church their parish church because their own church had fallen into a state of disrepair. The transfer took place and officially the name of the church has since been 'St Peter and St Paul on a visitation upon St Ignatius and St Francis Xavier'. It is abbreviated to the Church of St Peter and St Paul, or in Dutch Sint-Pieter-en-Paulkerk.

The interior is richly decorated. The pulpit recalls missionary work carried out by St Francis Xavier in the four corners of the world. At the time (end sixteenth century) there was still no awareness of Oceania, "the fifth continent". Note how Europe is represented, with the horn of plenty and wisdom in the form of a book. The fourteen confessional boxes built into the wall are another fine example of Mechelen woodcarving.

Legend has it that the church had so many confessional boxes becauseit is located near the Veemarkt (Cattle Market) where lying and cheatingwere rife. However, the real reason was that the Church of St Peter and Paulwas originally a pilgrimage church containing numerous relics. You werenot allowed to touch them unless you were free from sin. Hence the largenumber of confessional boxes.


Opening hours

Monday closed
Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 13:00 - 17:00
Thursday 13:00 - 17:00
Friday 13:00 - 17:00
Saturday 13:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00


  • January 1st
  • December 24
  • 25th of December
  • December 31





The church is not wheelchair accessible as there are 4 steps at the entrance. There is no alternative entrance. Both the crossing and the walking line from the crossing to the entrance of the church are provided with guide lines. Inside, the visitable areas are accessible without barriers.


T +32 15 29 40 32


Keizerstraat 1, 2800 Mechelen

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