The Cells

In the shadow of St Rumbold’s Tower is a unique historical monument. ‘De Cellekens’ was originally a charitable institution which took in needy women without a family to care for them.  The three wings form a U-shape around the magnificent enclosed garden.  The convent building in the middle and left and right are little houses with round arched doors built in 1854.  Originally each door provided access to two small rooms with bed, cupboard, chair and table.  The institution derives its name from these little ‘cells’. ‘De Cellekens’ was empty for a long time until the new owners, artist Mariette Teugels and her photographer husband Herman Smet, restored the building.*

Margaret specialises in  busts, sculptures of animals and the human figure and some of her work can be seen in the garden.  The Cells are not open to the public.

*From Hotelmagazine 2014-2015 Welcome in Mechelen

14 Comments CherryPie on May 7th 2014

14 Responses to “The Cells”

  1. My garden sure isn’t that grand.

  2. Did you peep through their windows? ;)

  3. Astrid says:

    I love these wonderful places. This one really looks great. Amazing restoring done, so to see, love the sculptures.
    I checked the website of the artist, she is making amazing work

    • CherryPie says:

      It was an unexpected treasure that we just happened across. Her work is so lifelike and detailed. A very talented lady :-)

  4. ubermouth says:

    Those statues are magnificent! I loved the pics of the building too and the back story. I wonder if it was a grim existence for them women though,no better than being in prison cells?

    Great post, Cherie!

  5. Sean Jeating says:

    Interesting artist. Thank you.

  6. Barbara says:

    The dancing ladies – unusual.

  7. J_on_tour says:

    Not a bad shot considering you were looking through a locked gate.