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St-Pieters Church Leuven re-opens

Sint-Pieters Church in the centre of Leuven re-opens this weekend after decades of renovation work. The outside is clean and free of scaffolding, while the inside has become a showcase for some of the city’s artistic treasures. Centre stage is “The Last Supper”, painted by the 15th-century Flemish master Dieric Bouts.

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-metre 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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