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Sint-Pieterskerk

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Identification

Sint-Pieterskerk
244345

Map

Structure in General

church
existing [completed]
masonry
limestone
exposed structure
gothic
forced air
no

Usages

church (roman catholic)

Facts

  • In 1999, this church was designated a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The first church on this location was destroyed by fire in 1176.
  • Several paintings from Flemish masters are on display in this church. Some of them are from master painter Dirk Bouts.
  • The construction of towers was halted in 1541 at a height of 50 m, after the foundations were considered too weak to support any taller structures. One of the planned towers was to reach a height of 170 m.
  • After several collapses the towers were lowered in 1641 to the current level.
  • A second church was built in Romanesque style. At the beginning of the 15th century this building was considered too small and so the construction of the current church started.
  • Since the architects stayed with the plans of the original design, this church is one of the purest examples of Brabant late gothic architecture.
  • The main tower has carillon with 49 bells.
  • The choir constructed by Sulpicius van Vorst was the first finished part.
  • This church has a collection of silverwork: monstrances and chalices.
  • Except for three planned towers located at the west façade, the church was finished by the end of the 15th century.

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Location

Grote Markt
Margarethaplein, Mechelsestraat
Grote Markt
3000
Leuven
Flemish Region
Belgium

Technical Data

305.12 ft
1425
1497

Involved Companies

Matthijs de Layens

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • UNESCO landmark
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