Tafelrond (Round Table), Leuven

Tafelrond (Round Table), Leuven

Dating back to 1817, the Round Table stands as the third most important building on the Main Market square, a central hub of the city since the 15th century. Originally serving as a meeting place for various guilds in Leuven, the Round Table bore witness to lively gatherings of the Rhetoricians, who congregated to recite poetry and engage in conviviality.

Throughout its storied history, the Round Table has undergone transformations reflective of the city's evolving cultural landscape. Following its demolition and subsequent reconstruction, the building experienced a revival in 1817, becoming a hub for music and theater. However, its resilience was put to the test during the First World War when it fell victim to bombings and destruction. In the aftermath of the war, the Round Table was painstakingly rebuilt in its original Gothic style by architect de Layens, restoring its former grandeur. In its post-war incarnation, the Round Table took on new roles, serving as the Leuven branch of the National Bank from 1930 onwards.

Today, the Round Table enters its fourth chapter, reborn as the Tafelrond Hotel, blending its rich heritage with modern amenities and technology. The hotel offers guests a unique experience, immersing them in the lyrical stories embedded within its walls while embracing the spirit of innovation and contemporary hospitality.

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Sight Name: Tafelrond (Round Table)
Sight Location: Leuven, Belgium (See walking tours in Leuven)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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