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    Gate on Ramberg

    by cadzand Updated Oct 13, 2008

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    Gate to Rambergpark

    Leave the Father Damian church at your right side and go up the Ramberg. Did you notice the old red brick and blue stone porch ?
    Before the house with number 19, turn right and cross the small gate in wrought iron to the Rambergpark.
    Go via the Ramenstraatje left to the Naamsestraat.

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    Sur la droite de l’église, montez le Ramberg. Avez-vous vu le vieux porche en brique rouge et pierre bleue ? A hauteur du numéro 19, à droite, le parc du Ramberg vous ouvre ses portes à travers un portillon en fer forgé. Allez via la Ramenstraatje vers la Naamsestraat.

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    Rechts van de kerk ga je de Ramberg omhoog. Heb oog voor de mooie oude poort in baksteen en blauwe steen. Vóór huisnummer 19 ga je via een zwart smeedijzeren hek het Rambergpark in. Dit parkje lijkt wel een avontuurlijke tuin. Ga via het Ramenstraatje naar de Naamsestraat.

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    Chinese astrological map

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    chinese astrological map

    Turn right and cross the street at number 63 where you follow, in front of you, the Ruteriuspad, which leads to the St. Donatiuspark. Admire the beautiful Sophora Japonica tree, over 200 years old, in the front garden.
    A little further on, the chinese astrological globe will certainly impress you. (enlarge the picture)
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    Traversez et prenez à droite, via la Ruteriuspad, à hauteur du numéro 63 direction le Sint-Donatiuspark. Dans la cour intérieure, admirez ce magnifique arbre (Sophora Japonica) de plus de 200 ans !
    Un peu plus loin vous serez impressionné par le globe astrologique chinois. (agrandissez la photo)

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    Steek over en ga wat verder rechts, via het Ruteriuspad ter hoogte van huisnummer 63 richting Sint-Donatiuspark. Op de binnenkoer staat een prachtige boom (Sophora Japonica) die meer dan 200 jaar oud zou zijn.
    Wat verder kom je zeker onder de indruk van de chinese astrologische wereldbol. (vergroot de foto)

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    Father Damien church

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    Father Damian church

    Go on to the left, under the arcs, direction Redingenstraat. On the right pass the bridge and the Schapenstraat, turn left to the Father Damianplein (square).

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    Poursuivez vers la gauche. Passez sous les arcs, direction la Redingenstraat. Sur votre droite passez le pont et la Schapenstraat. Puis à gauche vers la “Pater Damiaanplein”.

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    We wandelen verder links, onder de bogen door, richting Redingenstraat. Hier gaan we rechts het brugje over tot aan de Schapenstraat. We lopen links richting “Pater Damiaanplein

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    The béguinage park

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    The beguinage park

    Cross the porch under the “Dijlemolens”. A hidden path leads you to the Dijlepark situated between the two branches of the Dijle river: quite an idyllic place with a romantic pergola and a nice blue iron bridge over the small pond.

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    En traversant les “Dijlemolens” nous atteignons le Dijlepark via un sentier caché. Il se situe entre deux bras de la Dyle. Admirez la tonnelle, le petit pont bleu. Quel endroit romantique !

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    Onder de "Dijlemolens" door komen we via een verborgen pad in het Dijlepark. Het ligt tussen twee Dijle-armen. Met het prieeltje vormen het gebogen blauwe brugje en de waterpartij een zeer romantische plek.

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    An old decorative waterpump

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    Old water pump Leuven

    Turn left direction the nice old water pump and turn left again. Via a small parking reach the Zwarte Zustersstraat. Cross the street to the Dijlemolens.

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    Nous prenons tout de suite à gauche, admirez l'ancienne pompe à eau, et encore à gauche via un petit parking qui nous amène dans la Zwarte Zustersstraat. Traversez la rue vers les Dijlemolens.

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    We nemen direct links en nogmaals links om via een parking in de Zwarte Zustersstraat uit te komen. Steek de straat over naar de “Dijlemolens”.

    Virtual tour ? Clic
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    St. John Baptist church

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    t. John Baptist church

    Go to the second part on the other side of the Dijle river by crossing the little bridge. This part, in the shape of a chessboard, surrounds the St. John-the-Baptist church (St. Jan de Doper).

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    Rendez-vous dans la deuxième partie, située de l'autre côté de la Dyle, que vous atteignez en traversant le petit pont. Cette partie, en forme d'échiquier, entoure l'église néo-gothique (1305-1468) Sint-Jan de Doper.

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    Ga naar het tweede deel via het brugje over de Dijle. Dit deel, in de vorm van een schaakbord, omringt de St. Jan de Doperkerk (1305-1468) in neo-gothische stijl.
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    Nice strolling

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    small bridge over the Dijle

    The Beguinage, built in the 13th century, is one of the most beautiful jewels of our inheritance.
    Unfortunately only one house remains of that era. The existing 83 houses, mostly of the 16th century, are inhabitated by students. The béguinage consists in two parts. The first one is the “Soldiers’ quarter” dating from the Spanish occupation.

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    Ce béguinage est l’un des plus beaux fleurons de notre patrimoine Sa construction date du 13e siècle, mais de cette période ne subsiste qu’une seule maison. Les 83 maisons (la plupart datant du 16e siècle) sont habitées principalement par des étudiants. Le béguinage est divisé en 2 parties: la première étant le “Quartier des soldats” qui date de l’occupation espagnole.

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    Dit begijnhof is één van de allermooiste begijnhoven die we rijk zijn. De stichting ervan gaat terug tot de 13e eeuw, maar uit die periode bleef slechts één enkel huis bewaard. Haast alle 83 huizen (de oudste zijn 16de eeuws) worden bewoond door studenten. Het begijnhof bestaat uit twee delen : het eerste deel is het “Soldatenkwartier” dat ontstond tijdens het Spaanse bewind.

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    Quiet day-to-day life

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    The Grand Beguinage

    From the parking, facing the Ringroad, turn left, before or after the "frituur"and follow the path to the "Grafitti tunnel". Follow this tunnel under the Ringroad.
    At the end of the tunnel, go upstairs, turn left and follow the Volmolenlaan. At the little square follow the path in front of you. It leads you to the “Groot-Begijnhof” ( Grand béguinage ). Go inside and pass the green porch. Enjoy the silence of this lovely place. A real architectural beauty.

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    Sur le parking en regardant le Ring, tournez à gauche avant ou après la "frituur" et suivez le sentier au-dessus de la Dyle jusqu'au Grafitti tunnel que vous suivez pour passer en -dessous du Ring. Remontez-le de l'autre côté et tournez à gauche pour suivre la Volmolenlaan. Au petit square, prenez le sentier devant vous, qui vous conduit au Grand Béguinage. Entrez dans le jardin et traversez le porche vert. Vous entrez dans un monde mystérieux et silencieux. Admirez cette beauté.

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    Van op de parking, met je gezicht naar de Ring, neem je links voor of achter de frituur en volg het pad over de Dijle, tot je aan de Grafitti tunnel komt. Trappen af en volg de tunnel, onder de Ring, tot je aan de overkant, terug de trappen opgaat. Ga naar links en volg de Volmolenlaan. Aan het pleintje, volg je het pad recht voor je, tot je aan het Groot Begijnhof komt. Loop door het poortje de tuin in en ga door de groene poort.. Indrukwekkend, die stilte. Geniet ervan.

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    Map Leuven

    by cadzand Updated Oct 13, 2008

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    Map Leuven

    Have a great sightseeing trip through Leuven visiting the most important places by following the "things to do" tips below, one after another . If you're not in a hurry, count a whole day for seeing it all. Have a nice day.

    If you come by car, park your car at the free car park "Football Stadium" at the end of the E40 from Brussels to Leuven on the Tervuursevest (Ringroad), directly after the Carrefour mall.

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    Même si vous connaissez déjà Louvain, faire la promenade, en suivant les "things to do" tips ci-dessous l'un après l'autre, vous fera découvrir certainement des coins inconnus de cette belle ville. Si vous avez le temps, comptez une journée. Bonne promenade.

    Si vous venez en voiture, garez-là sur le parking gratuit "Stade de foot" le long de la Tervuursevest. En venant de l'E 40, tournez à droite sur le Ring de Louvain. Le parking se situe tout de suite après la grande surface Carrefour.

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    Zelfs indien Leuven je niet onbekend is, zal je, door het één na één volgen van de onderstaande "thungs to do"tips, Leuven op een andere manier ontdekken. Neem de tijd en trek hiervoor een volledige dag uit. Je zal er zeker geen spijt van hebben.

    Kom je met de wagen, dan kan je die achterlaten op de gratis parking "Stade Leuven" aan de Tervuursevest (Ring). Als je via de E40 Leuven binnenrijdt, volg dan rechts.
    De parking bevindt zich rechts, onmiddellijk na het Carrefour grootwarenhuis.

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    The City hal

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 14, 2008

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    The beautiful city hal

    The Cityhall: This is without protests one of the more beautiful civil buildings of the country. Of Gothic style late Brabançon, it was constructed between 1439 and 1469 under the direction of Sulpitius of Vorst first then of Jan Keldermans II and finally of Mattheus of Layens.

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    L'hotêl de Ville: C'est sans conteste un des plus beaux bâtiments civils du pays. De style Gothique Brabançon tardif, il fût construit entre 1439 et 1469 sous la direction de Sulpitius de Vorst d'abord puis de Jan Keldermans II et finalement de Mattheus de Layens

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    Monument Martelarenplein

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 13, 2008

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    Monument of war

    We start up our visit on the Station market.
    The place was modified and the result is in my opinion very successful. The architect is Manuel de Solà-Morales from Barcelona.In order to allow a quicker circulation on the peripheral, a tunnel passes now under the market.
    It remains that only the local circulation and the buses in surface so the taverns surroundings of course had quickly done go out their terraces. From the monument placed in the middle, have unfortunately not learn more than it is an Obélisque in war remembrance.

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    Nous démarrons notre visite à la place de la Gare.
    L'endroit a été remanié et le résultat est à mon avis très réussi. L'architecte est Manuel de Solà-Morales originaire de Barcelone. Afin de permettre une circulation plus rapide sur le périphérique, un tunnel passe maintenant sous la place.
    Il ne reste que la circulation locale et les bus en surface et les tavernes alentours on bien sûr eurent vite fait de sortir leurs terrasses.
    Du monument placé au milieu je n'ai malheureusement rien pût apprendre de plus qu'il s'agit d'un obélisque en souvenir des guerres.

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    St Peter's Church

    by annase Updated Sep 15, 2007

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    The catholic St Peter's Church was built mostly in the 15th century in Brabantine Gothic style. The building is in the form of a cross with a low bell tower that has never been completed. It was originally intended to be 169m tall whereas it currently is only 50m. The tower houses a carillon and it was included in UNESCO's list of "Belfries of Belgium and France" in 1999. The construction took whopping 75 years and it got damaged during the World War II. When it was being restored a Romanesque 11th century crypt was found. In the church itself there are several paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries.

    I was fascinated by the red candles in the church, since you would never see this colour candles in churches where I come from. They are very pretty although I don't usually go to churches or light candles or take picture of them for that matter.

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    The University Library

    by Lyneke Updated Aug 15, 2007
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    A newly constructed 'old' building is the University Library at the Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein.
    The impressive building in Flemish Renaissance style was constructed between 1921 and
    1928. It was designed by the American architects Warren and Wetmore and built thanks to
    donations of American Colleges and Universities. The current building replaces the former
    university library, which was destroyed during the First World War.

    >> Jan Fabre werd aangezocht om het werk te maken. Totem onthuld in oktober 2004. Het werk is een 2,7 meter grote kever die tegen de hemel is gespietst op een 23 meter hoge naald. Totem staat op het Ladeuzeplein, pal tegenover de centrale universiteitsbibliotheek, icoon van kennis en wetenschap bij uitstek.

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    The Great Beguinage

    by Lyneke Written Aug 15, 2007

    The great beguinage consists of many 16th and 17th century houses with cobble stone streets in between. The original buildings date from the 13th century, but were replaced by brick structures in the 16th century. During the 17th century the beguinage housed
    approximately 300 beguines. Beguines were women who lived a religious life, but who kept
    their own property, supported themselves and did not make perpetual vows.
    Although the houses were transformed into flats

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    St-Peter’s Church

    by Lyneke Written Aug 15, 2007

    Founded in 986, the St Peter's Church at the main market square is the oldest church in
    Leuven. However, the construction of the current building only began in 1425 and took over
    200 years to be finished. The history of the church was also marked by many problems: the
    subsoil was not stable enough to support a tower of 165 meters, the church was severley
    damaged in both World Wars, in 1914 the roof and nave burnt down, and in 1944 the church
    suffered from severe bomb damage.
    Today, the church houses the Religious Art Museum and contains (among others) two
    exquisite paintings by Dirk Bouts, a Flemish Primitive of the 15th century.

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