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Cycle Route L'Universitaire

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Elevation profile Cycle Route L

Added on 25 Nov 2011,

on 25 Nov 2020

Cycle route metrics

Total distance in km

61

Cumulative elevation gain in m

489

Avg. slope uphill in %

0,80

Cumulative elevation loss in m

614

GPS track data

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Rights owner

OpenStreetMap and Contributors + biroto-Redaktion (biroto.eu)

Rights characteristic / license

Contains information from OpenStreetMap, which is made available here under the Open Database License(ODbL)

Link to the description of the license

opendatacommons.org/licenses/odbl/

GPX file taken from

https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/223575

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by biroto-Redaktion on 25 Nov 2020

Track points in total

1.025

Track points per km (avg)

17

Start/endpoint

Start location

Gembloux, Wallonia, BE (156 m NHN)

End location

Leuven, Flanders, BE (32 m NHN)

Beds4Cyclists, worth visiting and infrastructure

Name and address

Latitude / Longitude

Phone
Fax
Mobile

Type of accommodation

Route km
Dist. to route
Elevation AMSL

Rating for cyclists

 

56 km
0,4 km
37 m

 

BE-3001 Leuven

 

Boardinghouse / guest house

 

57 km
0,2 km
19 m

BE-3001 Leuven

 

Castle/palace

Castle Arenberg
Castle Arenberg
Castle Arenberg
Castle Arenberg

Kasteel van Arenberg is a château in Heverlee Wikipedia Icon close to Leuven Wikipedia Icon in Belgium. It is surrounded by a park.

The site had been the castle of the lords of Heverlee since the 12th century, but this family became impoverished and had to sell the site in 1445 to the Croÿ family from Picardy. Antoon van Croy demolished the medieval castle and started works to build the current château in 1455 on the site, of which he destroyed all but one tower. Willem van Croÿ completed the works on the château in 1515, and founded a monastery on the château grounds for the Benedictine Celestines. The architectural style is in large part traditionally Flemish, with sandstone window frames and brick walls, though it has been structurally altered since 1515 and has elements of Gothic, Renaissance and Neo Gothic architecture. Its large corner towers are typical, once surmounted by a German eagle.

Charles III of Croy was the 4th and last duke, and after his death in 1612 without issue the château passed to the Arenberg family Wikipedia Icon into which his sister had married, and remained in that family until the First World War.

The château and park were seized by the Belgian government on the outbreak of, and then after the war since the Arenberg family was considered to be German or Austrian due to their close Habsburg connection, monarchs of Austria-Hungary. It took until 1921 for the University to acquire them, becoming an expanded natural sciences and engineering campus in the style of that of an American university. After the partitioning of the university along language lines in 1968, the château and grounds remained with the Dutch speaking half as one of the main campuses for the new, independent Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. The château itself is now used by the Engineering Science faculty of the KU Leuven and is the focal point of a green campus for the group Sciences & Technology.

The former Celestine monastery on the château grounds now houses the campus library, and the addresses of many of the science buildings are on the street named Celestijnenlaan (Dutch for "Celestine Street").

Information about copyright

Rights characteristic / license

by-sa: CREATIVE COMMONS Attribution-ShareAlike

Link to the description of the license

creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Input taken over from:

Wikipedia contributors, 'Kasteel van Arenberg', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 17 November 2015, 13:44 UTC, <https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kasteel_van_Arenberg&oldid=691071901> [accessed 17 October 2017]

taken over / edited on

17 Oct 2017

taken over / edited by

ThimbleU

Hours of opening

The castle is open to students during the academic year, but unfortunately not accessible to visitors.

 

57 km
0,5 km
41 m

 

BE-3001 Leuven

 

Hotel

 

58 km
1,5 km
30 m

BE-3001 Leuven

 

Abbey/convent

Abdij van Park, Norbertuspoort
Abdij van Park, Norbertuspoort
Abdij van ʹt Park, Heverlee
Abdij van ʹt Park, Heverlee

Park Abbey (Dutch: Abdij van Park; also Parc Abbey) is a Premonstratensian abbey in Belgium, at Heverlee Wikipedia Icon just south of Leuven Wikipedia Icon, in Flemish Brabant.

The Annales Parchenses were written here in the 12th century.

The abbey was founded in 1129 by Duke Godfrey, surnamed "Barbatus" ("the Bearded"), who possessed an immense park near Leuven and had invited the Premonstratensians to take possession of a small church he had built there.

The abbey frequently suffered during the wars waged by William of Orange and the Calvinists.

Under the French Republic the abbey was confiscated again on 1 February 1797. At the request of the people the church was declared to be a parish church and was thus saved. The abbey was bought by a friendly layman who wished to preserve it for the religious, in better times. One of the canons, in the capacity of parish priest, remained in or near the abbey.

When Belgium was made a kingdom and religious freedom was restored, the surviving religious resumed community life and elected Peter Ottoy, then rural dean of Diest, as their superior.

Nowadays it is the best preserved abbey in Belgium. Of particular interest are the Museum Park Abbey and the archives, the premier museum for religious art and culture in Flanders.

Information about copyright

Rights characteristic / license

by-sa: CREATIVE COMMONS Attribution-ShareAlike

Link to the description of the license

creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Input taken over from:

Wikipedia contributors, 'Park Abbey', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 19 August 2017, 23:02 UTC, <https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Park_Abbey&oldid=796308833> [accessed 17 October 2017]

taken over / edited on

17 Oct 2017

taken over / edited by

ThimbleU

Hours of opening

Tuesday - Sunday from 10h to 17h
Closed on Mondays and public holidays

 

58 km
1,0 km
19 m

 

BE-3001 Leuven

 

Private/B&B

 

busy

 


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