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Church of St Catherine

The Gothic Church of St Catherine was built in the fourteenth century in an area where historically many poor people lived and this is reflected in the church. There are signs that economies were made in the building itself: it is quite modest in scale and many of the vaults are made of wood rather than the more expensive stone.

The church is full of references to Catherine, a mythical figure from the Roman period. Legend has it that she refused to renounce her Christian faith and the Roman emperor sentenced her to death on the wheel. She was tied between the spokes of the wheel which was then turned so fast that normally death resulted. Legend has it that it was not Catherine who broke but the wheel. Eventually they decided that Catherine should be beheaded but again something extraordinary happened: milk flowed from the wound in her neck, dispelling the plague in the city.

Other references to Catherine include twelve rose windows in the nave recalling Catherine's instrument of torture and a beautiful rose window in the façade.

ATTENTION: Saturday 29 September 2018, the restoration works of the interior of the church have been completed and the building is fully accessible again. 

Opening hours

Monday 13:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday closed
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00
Friday 13:00 - 16:00
Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00
closed
  • 24 December 2018
  • 25 December 2018
  • 31 December 2018
  • 1 January 2019
01-01-2015 -
From November until March: 1pm - 4pm

Groups

Monday 13:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday closed
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00
Friday 13:00 - 16:00
Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00
closed
  • 24 December 2018
  • 25 December 2018
  • 31 December 2018
  • 1 January 2019
01-01-2015 -
From November until March: 1pm - 4pm

School groups

Monday 13:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday closed
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00
Friday 13:00 - 16:00
Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00
closed
  • 24 December 2018
  • 25 December 2018
  • 31 December 2018
  • 1 January 2019
01-01-2015 -
From November until March: 1pm - 4pm

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Where?

Sint-Katelijnestraat ., Mechelen