The first church on the site, made of wood and presumably founded in 986, burned down in 1176. It was replaced by a Romanesque church, made of stone, of which only the crypt remains today underneath the chancel of the actual church. The Gothic church of today was begun in approximately 1425 and was in construction for more than half a century.
Saint Peter's Church (Sint-Pieterskerk) in Leuven, or Louvain, Belgium, rises above the city’s main square, the Grote Markt ( Great Market), across from the ornate Town Hall of the fifteenth century Brabantine Gothic style.
Grote Markt in old print, and Leuven's Town Hall
Treasures from the Church of St. Peter's in Louvain
Dirk Bouts, The Last Supper (1464-1468)
DIRK BOUTS' "LAST SUPPER" (1464-1468)
Dirk Bouts, Martyrdom of St Erasmus (1465).
MARTYRDOM OF ST. ERASMUS IN WHICH HIS INTESTINES ARE PULLED OUT BY A WINCH - PAINTING BY DIRK BOUTS
Details from Josse Vander Baren, Martyrdom of St Dorothy, (1594-95)