OBJECT EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR RESTORATION
LOCATION GROTE MARKT – 3000 LEUVEN
CLIENT STAD LEUVEN
In 1998, ARTER got appointed to carry out the design and coordination of the interior and exterior restoration of the Gothic church of St. Peters. As the main church in the centre of Louvain, it is an important religious and cultural landmark. ARTER proposed a long-time planning and strategy in which the exterior restoration (2003-2011) was handled first.
Throughout several strategically planned phases by which the church could constantly stay open, the interior has been fully restored and the technical installations have been optimised to the current standard. In this overall approach, architectural elements as well as precious cultural en devotional objects were restored carefully. The church’s facade has been cleaned and damaged stonework repaired, while inside paintings on the vaulted ceiling have been uncovered and restored.
Elsewhere the exposed stonework has been cleaned to a brilliant white. Special attention has been paid to the 11-meter high Gothic tabernacle, built to protect the sacrament. This has been cleaned, taking into account the ornate structure’s complex history of overpainting. Statues designed to accompany the tabernacle, long displayed separately, have now been returned to their proper place.
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