Saint Peter’s Church Exteriors, Leuven, Belgium

St. Peter’s is one of the rare incomplete structures that made its way to the prestigious list of UNESCO World heritage sites. The towers planned for the church could never be completed. The old existing ones were damaged in fire and later due to lack of funds and instability in its foundations, the central tower was abandoned at one third its initial height.

This jacquemart, or golden automaton, which periodically rings a bell near the clock on the gable of the southern transept, above the main southern entrance door is a 1998 addition to the façade. We were lucky to watch the figurine moving at the stroke of the eleventh hour that day.

The original design preserved at southern end of the church.

This is the view from the Grote market at the east of the church. Notice the seven radiating chapels.

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20 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    Lovely blue skies make a perfect backdrop for such an incredibly beautiful church! Interesting history and I'm always glad that you add that to your posts! I do love readinglearning about these beautiful places! Hope you have a lovely weekend, Indrani!

    Sylvia

  2. Modern and "in progress" go hand-in-hand. What a place.

  3. Meoww says:

    Wow! Wonderful structures and a beautiful way to capture them!

  4. ladyfi says:

    Wow – what an architectural wonder!

  5. Wondrous!

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  6. Leuven is een prachtige stad. Mooie foto van een schitterend bouwwerk.

  7. Leovi says:

    Nice pictures, a beautiful cathedral.

  8. Gary says:

    Another great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  9. Aarti says:

    yet another lovely place and so much information… wow…, the 2nd image with the gold statue is wow..

  10. Carver says:

    Beautiful shots of the church and lovely sky.

  11. ashok says:

    wow…love this place

  12. Carletta says:

    Wow, the golden statue is impressive and to think it moves! I love that third shot. Looks like a church within a church.

  13. eileeninmd says:

    Indrani, I feel like I can travel the world by reading your blogs. What a lovely church and I love the statue. Great shots, thanks for sharing.

  14. eileeninmd says:

    Indrani, I feel like I can travel the world by reading your blogs. What a lovely church and I love the statue. Great shots, thanks for sharing.

  15. chubskulit says:

    Wow, absolutely gorgeous!

    Please come and see the Sky View at a football field. Have a great weekend!

  16. Splendid images of the church ! Loved the golden jacquemart ringing the bell !

  17. Vaish says:

    The design is gorgeous…and that golden lady is very attractive…

  18. The Jacquemart must be interesting to watch. Do people line up as they do at Salarjung

  19. arabesque says:

    the interior is as stunning as its exterior.
    tnx for the info,
    i would love to see that unesco church when i have the chance to visit belgium someday.

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