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  • 1 Hôtel de ville Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Naamsestraat B - 3000 Leuven

    This 15C Flamboyant Gothic building needs to be studied from a distance to appreciate its vertical lines; like an elegantly chiselled stone reliquary. The niches were given new statues in the 19C. Inside, several works by Constantin Meunier are exhib..

  • 2 Treasury of Sint Pieterskerk Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    B - 3000 Leuven

    Sint Pieterskerk houses this museum stacked with masterpieces, including the Last Supper altarpiece by Dirk Bouts (1467), a small copy of the Descent from the Cross by Van der Weyden (1440) and an outstanding 13C wooden Head of Christ called "of..

  • 3 Grand Béguinage Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    B - 3000 Leuven

    Originally, this Beguine convent (founded c 1230) included the district near the church. It was extended to 6 ha in the 17C and is the largest Beguine convent in Belgium. It was purchased by the university in 1962 and now accommodates students and le..

  • 4 Sint Pieterskerk of Louvain Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Margarethaplein B - 3000 Leuven

    This 15C Brabant Gothic church was intended to have three towers but remained unfinished on account of unstable ground. The interior is outstanding because of the pure lines of the Gothic nave, with huge pillars rising to the vault in a single sweep...

  • 5 M Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Savoyestraat 6 B - 3000 Leuven

    Built around the old courtyard of the Vander Kelen family mansion, M museum, the modern wings of which were designed by Belgian architect Stéphane Beel, plays on the contrast between contemporary minimalism and the ornamental lavishness of a 19C town..

  • 6 St Gertrude Church

    Religious buildings

    Halfmaartstraat B - 3000 Leuven

    St Gertrude's Church has retained a fine tower, topped by an openwork stone spire, built in the mid-15C by Van Ruysbroek, the architect of Brussels City Hall. Inside, note the interesting 16C wooden choir stalls carved with biblical scenes.

  • 7 Château d'Arenberg

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kardinal Mercierlaan B - 3001 Heverlee

    This huge early-16C castle, whose imposing façade overlooks wide lawns, is part of the university. The faculties of exact sciences stand in the surrounding 120-ha estate.

  • 8 Abbaye du Parc

    Religious buildings

    Abdij van Park 7 B - 3001 Heverlee

    This Premonstratensian abbey, founded in 1129, lies in a lake area. Existing buildings date from the 16C and 18C. The decaying porches lead past a watermill and a farmhouse, to the prelacy courtyard guarded by two stone lions. Inside, note the 17C re..

  • 9 Naamsestraat

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    B - 3000 Leuven

    This street includes the 17C St Michielskerk and university colleges of Universiteitshalle (University Hall) or Pauscollege (Pope's College). Universiteitshalle, a former cloth hall, has belonged to the University since 1432. A Gothic-style floor was..

  • 10 University Library of Louvain

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein 21 B - 3000 Leuven

    This library was built in 1927, near the Vander Kelen-Mertens Museum, after the original one was destroyed in 1914. It is a huge neo-Gothic building topped by a tower imitating the one on the Seville Giralda and was restored after a fire in 1940.

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