Though originally built before 1329, this chapel is now an archetypal work of 1960s church design, made memorable as the last resting place of Father Damian, Belgium's missionary 'saint'.

His black-slab grave still attracts pilgrims and boards in the church illustrate Damien's work with Hawaiian lepers, which was the basis of the Hollywood movie Molokai.

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Nearby Leuven attractions

1. St-Michelskerk

0.13 MILES

This church's enormous baroque frontage remains impressive despite considerable age-erosion to the limestone capitals. It's topped with trumpeteer angels…

2. Stadhuis

0.23 MILES

Far and away Leuven’s most iconic sight, the incredible 15th-century stadhuis is a late-Gothic architectural wedding cake flamboyantly overloaded with…

3. OLV-Ter-Koorts

0.28 MILES

With its unusual interplay of brick and stone work, the exterior of this baroque former church is worth a look as you stroll by. It's now part of a…

4. St-Pieterskerk

0.28 MILES

At Leuven's heart is this soaring Brabantine-Gothic church (1425) whose remarkable wooden pulpit is fashioned like twin palm trees that drip with cherubs…

5. Grote Begijnhof

0.29 MILES

This idyllic, village-like corner of Leuven would make an ideal film set for a medieval drama. The lantern-lit cobbled streets are lined with step-gabled…

6. M Van Museum

0.34 MILES

This state-of-the-art gallery houses a priceless collection of 15th- to 18th-century religious works, fascinating Leuven-relevant historical objects and…

7. Universiteitsbibliotheek

0.43 MILES

Dominating Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein, this imposingly grand Flemish Renaissance–style palace features a soaring Scandinavian-style brick tower topped with…

8. Stella Artois

1.04 MILES

Just off the main inner ring road around 800m northwest of Leuven train station, this world-famous, highly automated brewery offers mostly group tours,…