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Hello, welcome to Mechelen Mapt !

On this website you will find articles concerning the city of Mechelen in Belgium. The municipality is halfway between Antwerp and Brussels and home to about 80,000 people. In the early 16th century, Mechelen was the capital of the Low Countries. Though the city has numerous items reminding of its great past, it does not appear as a mere museum and offers a nice mix of new and old.

Mechelen is located centrally in the northern Belgian Flemish region. About 57 percent of the country's inhabitants live in this Dutch speaking Flanders. To its south is the French-speaking region called Wallonia. Belgium's other region, the Capital region of Brussels, is an officially bilingual though largely French-speaking enclave in southern Flanders.

Perhaps, you were surfing the Internet and suddenly got stuck with Dutch language text at Mechelen Mapt, as articles are written with the city's inhabitants in mind. Did you find a photo and were getting interested, but you could not understand the words?

Mechelen Mapt attempts to render some articles also in English. Pages in Dutch language (Nederlands) then have a green button with "this page in English" in the right corner, next to the article title. The usually short English texts should give some clue(s) about the article's subject.

We suggest reading Dutch articles by using translation websites, for which you can find some instructions here underneath.

In case you would like to understand how the wiki-software works, in order to edit, please create a user (gebruiker in Dutch) account. When you're logged in, go to your "preferences" (mijn voorkeuren) and select your native language from the dropdown box with nl - Nederlands under Gebruikersinstellingen > Taalinstellingen. Don't forget to save (button Opslaan beneath the page)!

Using the Translationwebsite

  • Define your word or text for translation
  • Copy your word or text in the article: Ctrl-C (on PC) - AppleC (on Macintosh)
  • Paste your word or text in the translation box: Ctrl-V (on PC) - AppleV (on Macintosh)
  • Van: From which language (in this case, Dutch or Nederlands)
  • Naar: To which language (your language, if available)
  • Vertaal: Get the translation!


Just for the record

  • Fries are not French! But if you ask a Belgian for some chips, you're likely to get crisps. To put a smile on a Belgian face, you might serve the deep fried potato strips called frites nation-wide, simply with mayonnaise... Find everyone happy having them with a steak (with or without the mayo) or perhaps better still, upon ordering 'em with mussels.