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"The city hall inside" Top 5 Page for this destination Leuven Things to Do Tip by irisbe

Leuven Things to Do: 236 reviews and 411 photos

  city hall of Leuven
by irisbe

There are also three Salons but whe didn't visit those that day.
We went straight to the second floor to the Gothic Room.
The Gothic hall was used for festivities and receptions organized by the municipally.
At this moment (untill very soon) the Town Council of Leuven meets here and every month the Council of the Province "Flemish Brabant" meets as well.
Looking up you see the beam-ends and corbels, designed by Willem Ards, represent scenes of the Old Testament.
The large Gothic mantelpiece with a statue of the patron-saint of Leuven, Saint Peter, dates from the 19th century.
In the 19th century the walls were hung with paintings by A. Hennebicq. They recall events of the history of Leuven.llllll
A very nice one is that about Antonia van Roesmale elucidates the Bible (1542). She wanted to read the Bible but couldn't read Latin, so when she found finally a Dutch Bible she started to read, not knowing it was a protestant Bible!
Erasmus is looking amused at the other side of the table where she and some other ladies are sitting.
He knows well it was not the Catholic bible.
When Charles V found out he punished them, all four ladies, by burrying them alive in front of the city hall.
As emiratus, Erasmus got protected and escaped execution.
Pieter Coutereel tears up the priviledges of the patricians (1360); the body of the burgomaster Wouter van der Leyden murdered in Brussels, is taken back into town (1379); the official opening of the university (1426).
To the side of market square the portraits of famous Leven persons are on display: Peter Divaeus (historian); Mary van Belle (miniaturist); Quinten Metsys (painter and ornamental metalworker); Dirk Bouts (painter -> Flemish Primitives) and Matthew de Layens (architect).
Above the entrance door, the motto "Loven Boven, Altijdt God Loven" which means: Up with Leuven! Always praise God.
Loven is the old name of Leuven, but no one has found the meaning of this toponym.

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