The Celestine Priory at Leuven

From monastery to library

Mark Derez (Author), Anne Verbrugge (Author),

Series: Lovaniensia - 600 Years KU Leuven 22

Category: History, History 1500-1800, History 1800-present, History 500-1500

Language: English

ISBN: 9789058674739

Publication date: May 27, 2005

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Number of pages: 159

Size: 265 x 240 x 10 mm

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On the corner of the Croylaan and the Celestijnenlaan stands a red wall. An introverted building which does not immediately reveal its past is hidden behind the wall. Nevertheless, it has an extremely prestigious history. It is as though it was written entirely in capital letters and golden initials: a monastery of the order of the Celestines, unique in the Netherlands, with a founder who was a politician of European stature, William of Croy, counsellor of Philip the Fair and Charles V. Rombaut Keldermans was appointed for its construction and Jan Mone, the most important representative of Renaissance sculpture in the Netherlands, for the sculpture. The ruins of the monastery were recently restored by the internationally celebrated Rafael Moneo and integrated in the Campus Library Arenberg.



The Dynasty
Mark Derez

The Will
Mark Derez

The Order
Jan Roegiers

The Prince
Mark Derez

The Monastery
Mark Derez

The Mausoleum
Patrick Valvekens

The Monastery Library
Chris Coppens

The Dismantling
Mark Derez

The Looting
Mark Derez

The Stables
Mark Derez

The Test Station
Jos Baplu en André Vansteenwegen

The Campus Library
Luc Verpoest

The Arenberg Campus Library in facts and figures

From monastery to library. Chronology

Sources and Literature


Mark Derez

Mark Derez is archivaris aan het universiteitsarchief (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).

Anne Verbrugge

Anne Verbrugge is kunsthistorica en als conservator verbonden aan de dienst Kunstpatrimonium van de KU Leuven.

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