May 24, 2012

Leuven Town Hall, Belgium

Centre of Grote Market of Leuven is an intricately decorated massive structure; it is the town hall of Leuven, Belgium. It is the most stunning town hall I have seen in twelve European countries I have toured so far. It is a fifteenth century town hall, the present façade is seventeenth century version completely rebuilt according to previous details.

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The laced structure looked stunning against the blue sky. Statues are distributed throughout the façade of the town hall. The building has ornate stone carved façade depicting several scenes from Bible. It has three main stories, each representing famous personalities of different time line.

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What I read was: the first layer depicted famous people in the local history of the city, second layer has saints and symbolic figures and the third layer has the Counts of Leuven. A guided tour would be most helpful here. I couldn’t avail one because the tour in English language is conducted only on some specific days. Here are some detailed shots from the façade of the Town hall of Leuven of Belgium.

21 comments:

Carver said...

Fascinating information and beautiful shots!

SueAnn Lommler said...

What an awesome structure.
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Sylvia K said...

What an incredible cathedral! The intricate, ornately carved facade is awesome! Those blue, blue skies are the perfect backdrop, Indrani! Superb captures as always! Wishing you a wonderful weekend1

cloudia charters said...

Civic Religion. Thanks for showing us!


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Rajesh said...

Beautiful place, architectural marvel.

Jim said...

This is a lot more amazing than the humble church that I have featured today.
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magiceye said...

magnificent!

George said...

I think this is the most ornate town hall I have ever seen. It's a beautiful building, and the carvings are fantastic.

ladyfi said...

More magnificent architecture!

VaishVijay said...

Its just beautiful, am sure you'd have spent a lot of time gazing at those awesome figures!

Liza said...

Stunning structure!

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Leovi said...

Wonderful photos. This edidicio in magnificent, a masterpiece of art.

eileeninmd said...

What a gorgeous building, The detail on the sculptures is beautiful. Thanks for sharing, happy skywatching!

Gary said...

Wow I thought it was a cathedral at first. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Giancarlo said...

Stupenda!!buona giornata e felice week end...ciao

Luna Miranda said...

a town hall? wow! the details are absolutely fantastic. grand!

Terri Buster said...

What intricate beauty- the statues are fantastic!

R Sudhir Kumar said...

SO ornate, So lovely and so well shot

SandyCarlson said...

Utterly amazing!

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Spectacular & splendid. What amazing architecture !

arabesque said...

i;m not sure where to head next Indrani, this, or Italy first. ^0^
your photo makes me want to travel both, which unfortunately i can't. ^0^
fascinated at how much you know about architecture, and the intricate details in this structure is something to look out for.