Project Oud Leuven: 1649 today

Follow me in the footsteps of a 17th-century cartographer.

Exploring Old Leuven

What I really love to do, is to explore a city using an old map. This is a project which I have embarked on, to explore the university town of Leuven, located in the Brabant region of modern-day Belgium.

What are the buildings that have remained? How do things look like today, compared to a few hundred years ago? Using Google Map and Google Earth, I superimposed the old map onto the modern day navigation map in order to find the exact location of the lost and existing sights.

Join me in my quest to explore Old Leuven!

The Map of 1649

The map I am using dates from 1649, and it comes from the Atlas van Loon, now in the possession of Het Scheepvaartmuseum in the Netherlands. The atlas is a collection of 17th century maps compiled by Joan Blaeu of the North and South Netherlands:

De Atlas van Loon bevat de Nederlandse versie van de ‘Grooten Atlas (Atlas Maior)’ van Joan Blaeu (negen delen uit 1663-1665), de twee stedenboeken van de noordelijke en de zuidelijke Nederlanden uit 1649, en de uit 1663 stammende Italiaanse stedenboeken over de Kerkelijke Staat, de stad Rome en het koninkrijk Napels en Sicilië.” (Source)

Click below if you wish to download the image file of the map in JPG as wellas the overlay in KMZ file (for Google Earth or Open Street Map).

In eigen stilte zwijgend ingeklonken
Als steden in een donkere zee verdronken
Inscription marking the spot of Leuven's lost Castle

The List of Sites in Old Leuven

As you can see from the original map, sites are numbered and there is a Legend on the right with the names of each numbered Key. For each of the sites, I produce a page numbered accordingly as on the 1649 Map, complete with the old and current names, the precise location on Google Map, as well as photos of its current state. On top of that, I have found some really interesting sites which are drawn on the map but are unmarked, yet offer a surprisingly interesting perspective today.

The faulty attributions made by the cartographer are placed in brackets [ ].

  1. S. Pieters kercke – Sint-Pieterskerk
  2. S. Michiels kercke – Sint-Michielskerk
  3. S. Gheertruydts kerck, Clooster, abdie – Sint-Geertruikerk
  4. S. Iacobus kercke – Sint-Jacobskerk
  5. S. Quintens kerck – Sint-Kwintenskerk
  6. [Vlierbeke abdye] – Oratoriënhof
  7. Predicheeren Coll. Oratorium – Predikherenkerk
  8. Minnebroeders Descalces – KU Leuven Research and Development
  9. [Vrauwenbroeders Boogarden] – Miniemeninstituut
  10. S. Augustinus cloost. en collegie – Augustijnenklooster
  11. Iesuiten cloost. en collegie – Jezuïetenkerk
  12. t’ Groot bagynhoff
  13. Charthreusen – Kartuizerklooster
  14. Anonciaten – Klooster van de Annunciaten
  15. Enghelsche Iesuyten
  16. t’ Kleyn Baghynhoff – Klein Begijnhof
  17. [Graususter huys] – Priorij van de Heilige Ursula en de 11.000 Maagden
  18. Capucynen – Kruidtuin
  19. Hospitael – Sint-Pietersziekenhuis
  20. [S. Cornelis gasthuys] – Sint-Laurentiusgasthuis
  21. Minimen clooster
  22. Enghelshe Iesuytersen
  23. Onse Vrauwe kercke gulden
  24. Clarissen Regulier klooster
  25. Swart Susterhuys
  26. Borcht Castri
  27. Collegie van Ghendt
  28. Collegium Castry
  29. Collegie van Mechelen
  30. Collegie verdoncq
  31. Collegie van Sauoyen
  32. Collegie van S hertoghenbos
  33. Collegium Valconi
  34. Collegium Leodiense
  35. Collegium Porci
  36. Colleg. Holl.
  37. Collegium Pont. Max.
  38. Collegium pauperum
  39. Collegium Pont. Minomorum
  40. Collegium Standoncq
  41. Collegium S. Mariae
  42. Collegium Regii Mag.
  43. Collegium van Dale
  44. Collegium Angliae Hiberniae
  45. S. Iooris Cappelle
  46. S. Anthonius Capelle
  47. S. Barbara Capelle
  48. d’Aerm Schole knechtiens huys
  49. Fiere Margriettien
  50. Cellebroeders
  51. Meyshuys arm Schole
  52. Stadhuys
  53. Guldenhuys taefelronde
  54. Vleeschuys
  55. Halle
  56. Coorenhuys
  57. Waeghe
  58. Mons Pietatis
  59. Meyers huys
  60. Groote Marckt
  61. Oude Marckt
  62. Hout en Hoy Marcht
  63. Vischmarckt
  64. Pense marckt
  65. Veemarckt
  66. Wynberghe
  67. Verlooren Cost
  68. Mechelsche poort
  69. Poort na Aerschoot
  70. Poort na Diest
  71. Poort na Thienen
  72. Poort na Perck
  73. Poort na Heueren
  74. Poort naer ter Bourg
  75. Wygaert Poort

Extras

  1. Klooster van de Grauwzusters – Klaverpark
  2. College van Premonstreit
  3. De Grote Spui
  4. De Kleine Spui
  5. Donkerstraat
  6. Hogeheuvelcollege
  7. Huis van t’ Sestich
  8. Keizershof
  9. Noormannenstraat
  10. Redingenstraat
  11. Stella Artois
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