"Loven ou Louvain" on the Ferraris map (around 1775)
View over Leuven, late 19th century
Destruction of the university library, 1914
Fonske was designed by Jef Claerhout.
View of the Oude Markt, by Wolfgang de Smet, c. 1650-1700
View of the Grote Markt, by Michael Neher, 1854
Town hall
View of the Brusselsestraat from De Grote Markt
The University Library
Jacquemart at the Collegiate church in Leuven
Castle Arenberg, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Leuven train station
Adrian-VI College
Rector De Somerplein
Oude Markt
St. Peter's church

Capital and largest city of the province of Flemish Brabant in the Flemish Region of Belgium.

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Old University of Leuven

Jean de Bourgogne (John IV, Duke of Brabant), founder of the University of Louvain in 1425 : Primus Academiae Conditor fuit Ioannes Quartus, Lotharingiae, Brabantiae, et Limburgiae Dux, Marchio Sacri Imperii.
Portrait of the Pope Martin V, author of the bulla confirming on December 9, 1425 the creation of the University of Louvain
 : à Johanne IV. Brabantiae Duce An. 1425. fundata et à Martino V. P. M. An. seq. 5. Id. dec. Confirmata (Founded by John IV, Duke of Brabant, the year 1425 and confirmed by Martin V, Supreme Pontiff, the 5th day of the Ides of December following).
Albertus Risaeus (1510-1574), participated in the pro-Protestant movement at the University of Louvain. He fled to the United Provinces.
Michel de Bay (Michaël Baius) (1513-1589), professor and rector of the University of Louvain, founder of the doctrine of "Baïanisme", precursor of Jansenism.
Cornelius Jansen, the father of Jansenism and a rector and professor of the old University of Leuven.
Febronius (Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim) (1701-1790), founder of the febronianism.
Charles Lambrechts (1753-1825), professor of canon law (1777), rector of the University of Louvain in 1786 and freemason member of the lodge "the true and perfect Harmony" in Mons and Minister of Justice of the French Republic from 3 vendémiaire year VI to 2 thermidor year VII.
Gerardus Mercator(1512-1594), the celebrated mapmaker, active in the Protestant movements he was arrested by the Inquisition at the same time as a group of citizens of Louvain. He fled to Germany to Duisburg where he became famous for his production of maps.
Jean-Baptiste van Dievoet, Licentiatus in both laws (JUL) (1775-1862).

The Old University of Leuven (or of Louvain) is the name historians give to the university, or studium generale, founded in Leuven, Brabant (then part of the Burgundian Netherlands, now part of Belgium), in 1425.


Town in Belgium.

Den Dreef
St-Lambertus church
Castle Arenberg, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
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Oud-Heverlee paddenstoel
Heverlee Station
Wooden Neanderthaler sculpture by Ad Wouters in Heverleebos

It is a borough of the city of Leuven.

Flemish Region

One of the three regions of Belgium—alongside the Walloon Region and the Brussels-Capital Region.

Provinces in the Flemish Region
Bus of "De Lijn"
The municipalities with language facilities near Brussels

Leuven (101,396)

Duchy of Brabant

State of the Holy Roman Empire established in 1183.

The Duchy of Brabant within the Seventeen Provinces of the Low Countries and the borders of the Holy Roman Empire (thick line)
Duchy of Brabant and Prince-Bishopric of Liège in 1477.
The Duchy of Brabant within the Seventeen Provinces of the Low Countries and the borders of the Holy Roman Empire (thick line)
Brabantian Lion by Floris de Merode, Baron of Leefdael during the solemn Funeral of Albert VII, Archduke of Austria
The Duchy of Brabant in the 15th century
Novissima et Accuratissima Brabantiae Ducatus Tabula (a very new and most accurate map of the Duchy of Brabant); by Hendrik Hondius, 1629

The four capitals were Leuven, Brussels, Antwerp and 's-Hertogenbosch.

Dyle (river)

River in central Belgium, left tributary of the Rupel.

The most important cities along the Dyle are (starting from the source) Ottignies, Wavre, Leuven and Mechelen, the last of which is often called the 'Dijlestad' (Dyle City).

Quentin Matsys

Flemish painter in the Early Netherlandish tradition.

Quentin Matsys, engraved by Johannes Wierix with Dominicus Lampsonius' poem about how Matsys' girlfriend preferred the quiet paintbrush to the heavy noise of hammering
Head of an Old Man
Detail of a c. 1500 Calendar Clock Face which shows the artist with his 'brothers' Joost the clockmaker and Jan
The Money Changer and His Wife (1514) Oil on panel, 71 × 68 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris
The Virgin and Child Enthroned, with Four Angels (1513) Oil on panel, 62.2 × 43.2 cm National Gallery, London
Temptation of St. Anthony, Joachim Patinir and Quentin Matsys, 1615. Prado Museum, Madrid.
Memorial on Antwerp Cathedral. The artist Luc Tuymans created a modern mosaic at the Museum aan de Stroom based on this skull plaque.
A Grotesque Old Woman Oil on wood, 64 × 45,5 cm National Gallery, London
Portrait of a woman, 1520
Altarpiece of the carpenters guild, Quinten Massijs, (1511), Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, 245-248

He was born in Leuven.

Dieric Bouts

Early Netherlandish painter.

Portrait engraving
Lamentation, c. 1455-1460
Last Supper, 1464–1467
Portrait of a Man (Jan van Winckele?) (1462), National Gallery, London
The Virgin and Child (c. 1465), National Gallery, London

He worked in Leuven from 1457 (or possibly earlier) until his death in 1475.

Stella Artois

Stella Artois brewery in Leuven
The global bottle of Stella Artois

Stella Artois is a pilsner beer, first brewed in 1926 by Brouwerij Artois in Leuven, Belgium.

Gerardus Mercator

16th-century geographer, cosmographer and cartographer from the County of Flanders.

Portrait by the workshop of Titian, c. 1550
Rupelmonde from Flandria illustrata, 1641
The playwright and teacher Georgius Macropedius
The Portuguese (Lusitanian) and Spanish hemispheres of the globe of Franciscus Monachus, following the Treaty of Tordesillas of 1494.
Gemma Frisius by Maarten van Heemskerck
The terrestrial globe of Gemma Frisius. The fifth image shows the inscription listing the joint makers to the left of the cartouche, containing the dedication to Charles V.
The title page of Literarum Latinarum
Rupelmonde castle from Flandria Illustrata (1641)
John Dee
Astronomical clock with rotating globes
Mercator's theory of magnetism
An updated version of the 1554 map of Europe as it appears in the 1595 atlas
Abraham Ortelius copy of the 1564 map of Britain
Lotharingia (Lorraine) as it appeared in the 1595 atlas
Chronologia title page
The 1569 Mercator map of the world (Higher-resolution images)
Mauretania in the 1578 Ptolemy
The Frans Hogenberg portrait of 1574, showing Mercator pointing at the North magnetic pole
Mercator epitaph in the church of St Salvator, Duisburg
Gerard Mercator & Jodocus Hondius, L'atlas ou meditations cosmographiques de la fabrique du monde, 1610, The Phoebus Foundation
Title page of Mercator-Hondius atlas of 1637 (in English) showing Titan Atlas, Mercator (twice) and personifications of the continents
Statue of Mercator, Jardin du Petit Sablon, Brussels
The 1595 atlas in the collection of the Royal Library of Belgium
Andreas Vesalius
Antoine Perrenot
George Cassander
Palestine (west at the top), 1537
Detail: the Red Sea parted
World map, 1538
Flanders, 1540
Globe, 1541
Globe with rhumb lines
Celestial globe 1551
Detail: Scorpio et Libra
Sagitta et Aquila
Mercator Atlas title page
The world map of Rumold Mercator
The title page for the maps of Gaul
The Hondius-Mercator atlas
The Atlas Minor of Hondius

This period of persecution is probably the major factor in his move from Catholic Leuven (Louvain) to a more tolerant Duisburg, in the Holy Roman Empire, where he lived for the last thirty years of his life.

Justus Lipsius

Flemish Catholic philologist, philosopher, and humanist.

The Four Philosophers (c. 1615. Oil on panel; 167 x 143 cm, Pitti Palace, Florence). One of Lipsius's students was Philip Rubens, the brother of the painter Peter Paul Rubens. In his friendship portrait of about 1615, the painter depicted himself, his brother, Lipsius and Jan van den Wouwer, another pupil of Lipsius, (left to right) along with Lipsius' dog Mopsulus. A bust of Seneca behind the philosopher references his work, while the ruins of Rome's Palatine Hill in the background further commemorate the classical influences. Rubens painted a similar friendship portrait while in Mantua around 1602 (now in the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne) that also includes Lipsius.
The Justus Lipsius Commemorative Coin
Illustration from De militia romana libri quinque, 1596

He taught at the universities in Jena, Leiden, and Leuven.