With this post, I do believe we've come to the end of our Leuven trip from last early December. Though I didn't plan it this way, I may find it fortuitous to end it here because of what a place of learning represents for us all in this Journey we call Life.
Everything we read about Leuven said the University Library was a definite point of interest, totally worth the trip. They were right.
This is the central library of the Catholic University of Leuven, established in 1636.
It was burned during both world wars but rebuilt afterwards in both cases.
The University of Leuven itself is the oldest catholic university still in existence in the world.
It has 55+K students.
I'm not sure what the significance is of the impaled beetle or the hot-air balloon sculpture.
But there was an exhibition on Utopia & More at the library while we were there.
In fact, look at these circular steps in the square in front of the library
(getting readied for Christmas with the big tree). See the written words on the red bands?
Here's what the words said as I walked along to record them:
500 years ago Leuven University existed.
500 years ago the first cookbook in Dutch was published: a notable little cookery book.
500 years ago the Germans already had Christmas trees, but the Flemish did not.
500 years ago Pope Leo X's white elephant Hanno died.
500 years ago Flemish renaissance art was at its height.
500 years ago Utopia was printed in Leuven.
We were told us it was a favorite of students and alumnae.
to say nothing of the food, of course!
Here's the outside entrance, with a model of the carillon tower.
to be less obstructive with my photography.
She was a graduate of Smith College and received her Masters at Columbia University in the 30's.
THAT kind of woman before her time! We kids called her a professional student.
Leuven's market square,
we realized once again why this city in Belgium, 16 miles east of Brussels, is so well-loved.
It's even the headquarter's of the Stella Artois pilsner lager.
How can you say NO to any of that!
But now, finally, we can say Good Bye.