Park Abbey is an exceptionally well preserved 12th-century heritage site on the outskirts of Leuven, surrounded by green space.
Things to do
Discover the heart of Park Abbey
Walk through Park Abbey’s historic rooms and spaces: admire the refectory and imposing library with their stucco ceilings, the cloister with its 17th-century stained glass windows, and the abbot's residence.
Expo 'Born in images'
This exhibition takes us through the history of the image: from the first Christian images – abstract symbols – to the hundreds of portraits of Christ from the 16th century and later, and all of this in dialogue with the image – or rather lack of it – in Judaism and Islam.
Beyond belief, you might say. Discover the origins of ‘hocus-pocus’, Saint-John’s wort, the unicorn, the Christmas tree, hearts on Saint-Valentine’s Day and pumpkins on Halloween. Be amazed by the myriad of present-day examples.
About Park Abbey
Restoration of the abbey
The City of Leuven has developed a masterplan for the restoration, design, repurposing and opening up of the abbey in 2012. Many buildings on the abbey site have been restored. The restoration campaign will be completed in 2025.