Name on the map: S. Gheertruydts kerck, Clooster, abdie
Other names: –
Current name: Sint-Geertruikerk, Sint-Geertruisabdij
The origins of the Saint Gertrude’s Abbey in Leuven dates back to a 12-century chapel that was transformed by Duke Henry I in 1206 to a priory for Augustinian cannons. The new church of the priory, that was built soon after 1206, became the parish chuch of the newly founded Saint Gertrude’s parish – one of the parishes in the inner city of Leuven that split from the main Saint Peter’s parish. Thanks to the financial support of Duke John I in 1298, the parish was further built up and its property enlarged to both banks of the River Dijle. Important but unidentified construction work was described by its Parish Priest Godefroid d’Udekem (1307-1320) and a large part of reconstruction took place after a fire in 1326.