Leuven: Sint-Pieterskerk

Sint-Pieterskerk (St. Peter’s Church) Cathedral is located on the Grote Markt, very near the ornate town hall.  It is quite a large thing, in gothic style.  There has been a church structure here since the late 10th century, but the current structure dates to the first half of the 15th century.

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Incomplete bell tower

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The 20th century flèche, added when the roof was repaired after WWII.

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Some nice gargoyles.

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The inside was surprisingly light, due in part to the fact that virtually all the glass was clear.  I suspect that because the church suffered lots of damage in the two World Wars, the glass was probably destroyed and never replaced.  Tons of artwork, however, remained intact, and although we didn’t pay to see the museum section of the church, we were able to see a lot of beautiful and ornate things in the section free and open to the public.

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This is by far the biggest, most ornately carved wooden pulpit I have ever seen.

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Images of Mary

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A bit of glass…

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Scary sculpture on a memorial in one of the side chapels.

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Beautiful baptismal font.  Doesn’t this scene look like something from Alice in Wonderland?  Or maybe Dune?

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Interesting shape for an organ

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A very high vaulted ceiling.  Relatively unadorned, yet awe-inspiring.

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