St-Pieterskerk

sights / Religious

St-Pieterskerk information

Location
Leuven , Belgium
Address
Grote Markt
Opening hours
10am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10am-4.30pm Sat, 2-5pm Sun, closed Mon mid-Oct–mid-Mar
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Construction of this Brabantine-Gothic church started in 1425, but unstable subsoil forced the builders to abandon a planned 170m-high tower, giving the northwest facade a distinctly unfinished look. The interior boasts an elaborately carved stone rood screen and baroque wooden pulpit. Visiting the schatkamer is free with an 'M' ticket. It features two priceless triptychs by Leuven-based Flemish Primitive artist Dirk Bouts including the 1464–67 masterpiece Het Laatste Avondmaal which curiously sets Jesus’ last supper in a typical Flemish Gothic dining hall. The panels have been ‘lost’ several times including during WWII when Nazis carted them off and hid them in a salt mine.