Town Hall, Leuven

Town Hall, Leuven (must see)

The Town Hall stands as a magnificent example of Gothic architecture and civic pride. Originally part of a larger complex of municipal buildings, construction on the building, known then as the Voirste Huys or "front house," commenced in 1439. Situated at the site of an existing town hall, the structure has since become an iconic symbol of Leuven's rich history and heritage.

Characterized by its striking design, the Town Hall boasts three main stories adorned with pointed Gothic windows, providing a glimpse into the architectural style prevalent during its construction period. Above, a gallery parapet adds to the building's grandeur, leading to a steep roof punctuated by four tiers of dormers. Octagonal turrets situated at the roof's angles feature slits that allow for the passage of light, enhancing the building's aesthetic appeal and functionality.

The main façade of the Town Hall is equally impressive, featuring an entrance staircase and two central portals adorned with intricate carvings. Atop these portals stand figures of Saint Peter and the Madonna and Child, paying homage to the patron saint of the nearby church. Beyond its architectural splendor, the Town Hall's interior houses a captivating collection of artwork, including sculptures by renowned artists Constantin Meunier and Jef Lambeaux. Additionally, visitors can explore portraits of Leuven mayors dating back to 1794, providing insight into the city's governance and leadership over the centuries.

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Sight Name: Town Hall
Sight Location: Leuven, Belgium (See walking tours in Leuven)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Leuven, Belgium

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