The Brussels gate in Mechelen

The Brusselsgate is the remaining part of the 13th-century wall that surrounded the city. Once part of a wall with seven defense gates, this gate is the only remaining one. After a rough history, the other ones were completely demolished in the 18th century due to the city's renewal plans.

Picture by Harry Fabel

Till 1860 people still had to pay a toll to walk through the gate. In 1992 the building was restored. Today the gatehouse houses a museum that is dedicated to the history of the city.