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Leuven - Groot Begijnhof

EMAS Study Tour to Belgium

31 October to 6 November 2020

Guide: David Beard MA, FSA, FSA Scot

The EMAS autumn Study Tour will be to Belgium. We will be based in a hotel in the centre of the attractive town of Leuven, the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant.

Leuven is first recorded in 891, when the Frankish king Arnulf of Carinthia defeated an invading Viking army. The town became the most important centre of trade in the duchy during the 11th to 14th centuries . The impressive Gothic Stadhuis (town hall) was started in 1439 and not finished until 1463.

We will travel by coach from Embankment Underground Station and cross via the Channel Tunnel.

Sites that we will visit include the Wéris megaliths; the Neolithic flint mines at Spiennes; the Roman boats in the Espace Gallo-Roman in Ath; Tongeren, with its Roman and medieval town walls and its 13th century Begijnhof; and the medieval buildings of Bruges and Ghent.

You can find a full itinerary here...

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