Thursday, March 5, 2009

St. Peter's Church, Leuven, Belgium

Belgium-4, originally uploaded by Abhishek's Received Postcards.

The Saint Peter's Church of Leuven, Belgium, is situated on that city's Grote Markt (main market square), across from the ornate Town Hall. Built mostly in the 15th century in Brabantine Gothic style, the church is in the form of a cross with a low bell tower that has never been completed.

The first church on the site, made of wood and presumably founded in 986, burned down in 1176. This was replaced in stone by a Romanesque church, featuring a westwork flanked by two round towers as at Our Lady's Basilica at Maastricht. Of the Romanesque building only part of the crypt remains, beneath the chancel of today's church.


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