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“underrated but superb venue” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of University Library & Bell Tower

University Library & Bell Tower
Ranked #5 of 45 things to do in Leuven
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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“underrated but superb venue”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

This library has inscribed all the American high schools and Universities that sent money to rebuild this mighty fortress of learning. It houses a lovely reading room and many changing art shows. I was lucky to see one dealing with Belgium's deaf artists that was simply fantastic. Best of all it is free! Just present oneself to the kiosk on the street level, and ask for a free pass. The visit to the bell tower needs to be scheduled and only for a minimum of 10, however on one's own, one can view the gorgeous carved wooden attire of the reading room and admire the stone modern art work in the lobby. A mixture of Gothic and byzantine and even Romanesque elements abound....It is truly a missed treasure in Leuven.

Visited September 2012
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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
“Great experience..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

It is interesting place to be in when you are in this town. Really enjoyed the place.

Visited June 2012
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Nice enough”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

Nothing epic but an interesting thing to see around the area.

Visited May 2012
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Leuven, Belgium
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2012

Me and my girlfriend booked a tour of the tower, where you are showed around by the musician himself at the tower. He even plays requested songs, so the whole city may hear the latest tune by Gaga, church organ style! And the view is also fantastic, from the top of Ladeuzeplein, you can basically see the whole city. Especially nice at sunset.. Recommended!!

Visited September 2011
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