St. Leonard's Church

Zoutleeuw, Belgium

The Saint Leonard's Church in Zoutleeuw stands on the former site of a Romanesque chapel erected in 1125 by Benedictines from Vlierbeek Abbey near Leuven. Construction of the present church began around 1231, and additions continued into the 16th century. Rendered mainly in the Gothic style, the building in its oldest parts shows traces of the Romanesque.

The two heavy square towers flanking the west facade are connected with each other by means of a gallery over the nave. The slender central tower, octagonal in cross-section, contains a carillon with 24 bells. Since 1999, this church with its towers has been part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site 'Belfries of Belgium and France'.

Few if any other medieval churches in Belgium remain in such an excellent state of preservation as St. Leonard's, which stayed clear of the widespread iconoclasm during the Protestant Reformation. It also survived the French Revolution intact, because three canons took an oath of allegiance to the French regime. The interior thus offers an authentic glimpse of how the churches of Brabant were furnished centuries ago.

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Founded: 1231
Category: Religious sites in Belgium

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Dirk Van Gasse (15 months ago)
Absolutely worth the trip. The medieval church and it's art are a real gem.
Hugo Vandormael (15 months ago)
Super place! Especially if you like history and art (with a large letter 'K').
Ahmed Youssef (2 years ago)
Impressive
Michelle Van Opdenbosch (2 years ago)
Is for the church that I had come to live here, now the works have finally been done and have not been inside yet ?. Outside she is really beautiful and she beats like every church, but she also "plays" songs and during Christmas it is Christmas music. Really nice. I am not a Catholic but appreciate art. Is it really time for me to visit the church now that I can
Kasper Beelen (2 years ago)
The leonardus church is a beautiful and spacious church in the historic center of the small and pleasant town of Zoutleeuw. During the Christmas period it was very nicely lit.Was a beautiful light show on this church as on all other historic buildings on the big market of Zoutleeuw.
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