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Saint Peter's Church (Sint-Pieterskerk)

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Address: Great Market Square, Leuven 3000, Belgium
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32-16-29-51-33
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A building to illuminate the soul

It is when you step inside that the building really makes its impact - the way that light flooded in from the grey skies outside was surprising and made the polychromatic... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2016
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even though it looks interesting from the outside, there isn't anything too special about this church as it is rather plain compared to other religious sites in Belgium. It is under renovation at the moment so the altar is covered and many of the religious pieces are being refurbished too. It is nice inside but not too ornate or pretty

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

When I walked into the Grote Markt, I spotted immediately this church. It looked quite majestic! However, it was closed for the evening, so we came back the next morning. The inside of this church is truly beautiful. When we entered it, we remained in the free side. I saw some amazing statues and architecture. I decided to pay the... More 

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Eeklo, Belgium
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

When buying a ticket to museum M, you can also visit the museum in teh church - be aware of teh limited opening hours, though. e;g. on Sunday, a visit is impossible after 17h because there is a mass.

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Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

It is when you step inside that the building really makes its impact - the way that light flooded in from the grey skies outside was surprising and made the polychromatic paintings stand out strongly against the plain walls. Another highlight was the enormous (presumably) baroque pulpit. This is not a style I warm to, but this an astonishing example... More 

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

The treasury of the Saint-Peter in Leuven is pretty nice. The emphasis is less on the silverware, more on paintings, compared to most treasuries I've seen. There are relic holders and monstrances. But to me the highlights are paintings of the holy Dorothea being tortured and decapitated, John the Baptist being decapitated (yes, it's quite violent), and another martyr, I... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

We stopped in to look exploring the town. Would have liked to see a service. Beautifully restored. Work still underway.

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Thank vkbrennan
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

Bears the the evidence of Leuvens eventful history and is still being restored. It does not have the stand alone magnificence of some great french Cathedrals but there is a wealth of detail and its well worth a visit

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Thank eonaLondon
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

This church is easy to spot as it is in the middle if a busy street. The struture is beautiful and efforts are underway to preserve it.

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Reviewed 20 July 2016

Though much reconstruction is currently taking place, this church is definitely worth a visit as it has a wealth of history.

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Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Right in be centre if Tien you will find one if the most beautiful if working churches in Leuven. Access is free to some parts and pay for the museum. A Corpus Christi procession went into the church whilst u was in a bat nearby saying a different kind of prayer! The icon of KU Leuven University resides in the... More 

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