Bisschopskamer

Most abbeys had a Bishop’s Room where important guests – not just bishops – stayed when they were visiting or passing through. In beguinages, this was not customary, however. The question therefore arises whether bishops or other important guests actually ever stayed in this room. Perhaps it was just a ‘superior’ guest room.


This room is located on the ground floor of the Infirmary building.

A little history

Most abbeys had a Bishop’s Room where important guests – not just bishops – stayed when they were visiting or passing through. In beguinages, this was not customary, however. The question therefore arises whether bishops or other important guests actually ever stayed in this room. Perhaps it was just a ‘superior’ guest room.

In this imposing and stately room, the remaining sandstone chimneypiece, which is late Gothic in character, bears witness to how the interior once looked. The 18th century ‘modernisation’ has left its mark in the stucco ornamentation on the chimney breast above and in the plasterwork and ornamentation on the original joisting.

Portrait of Emmanuel Théodose de la Tour d’Auvergne (1643-1715)

A portrait of a French prelate and diplomat from the princely Tour d’Auvergne family, Grand Almoner of France under Louis XIV, also known as the Cardinal de Bouillon. The portrait is contained in a painted frame and supplemented with attributes referring to the cardinal’s numerous functions and areas of knowledge: a mitre, a cross, a staff, a chalice, coins and books. The portrait comes from the university library.

Congratulations

After a one-year novitiate, the Leuven Beguines would take their vow. The Leuven Sister Joanna Maria Cremers made her profession in the Grand Beguinage on 17 November 1744. Her family presented her with specially printed congratulations, featuring typography in the shape of a star.

Setup facility

Theater Klas U Blok
40 32 21 28
Met dansvloer Zonder dansvloer
45

Lengte / Breedte
8,0 x 8,0m

Gallery

Compare with the other facilities

Zaal Meetings Lunch/Diner Lengte / Breedte
Theater Klas U Blok Met dansvloer Zonder dansvloer
Anna De Paepe 35 24 21 18 8,1 x 6,2m
B. Lipsius 14 16 20 6,9 x 5,2m
Begga 10 4,5 x 6,0m
Bisschopskamer 40 32 21 28 45 8,0 x 8,0m
E. Van Ophem 10 4,4 x 6,0m
Florquin 20 15 15 15 8,2 x 6,1m
H. Geesttafel 50 36 26 32 50 12 x 5,5m
Infirmerie 250 100 160 200 27,8 x 8,9m
Lemaire 130 60 45 10 70 110 16,8 x 8,0m
M. Roelands 12 14 5,9 x 4,6m
St. Anna 16 7,0 x 4,0m
St. Barbara 60 50 34 30 14,0 x 5,5m
St. Gommarius 18 8.2 x 6.2m
Swerius 24 24 24 24 6,0 x 14,0m
Van Hamaele 50 40 29 20 9,7 x 8,0m
Willem Van Croy 160 16,0 x 15,0m

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