M. Roelands

Machtilt Roelants (+ 1396), after whom this room is named, was a Beguine in Leuven’s Grand Beguinage, and came from a leading Leuven family. This room is located on the ground floor of the Infirmary building, and is accessible to wheelchairs.

A little history

Machtilt Roelants (+ 1396), after whom this room is named, was a Beguine in Leuven’s Grand Beguinage, and came from a leading Leuven family. Among other things her family donated a window to the Church of St John the Baptist, but unfortunately this has been lost. Machtilt is buried at the church.

St Augustine

St Augustine, or Aurelius Augustinus, also known as Augustine of Hippo, lived from 354 to 430. He was bishop of Hippo and a theologian and philosopher. The precise origin of the marble sculpture of this church father, who was an influential early theologian and writer, is unknown. The seventeenth-century statue, which is missing one hand and the mitre, is in the Baroque style and may at one time have been part of the furnishings of the Beguinage church.

Small beer to quench the thirst

Most houses in the Grand Beguinage originally had a plaque or a statue in a niche whose design referred to the name or purpose of the building. One of the finest preserved examples is a terracotta relief showing the Presentation of Mary in the Temple, which comes from the Convent of Our Lady of Presentation (house no. 27). The Convent was built after 1638 when Anna van Asseldonck from ’s Hertogenbosch made a bequest for bursaries and for a house in which eight girls were accommodated under the supervision of a meesteresse or mistress. The girls learnt to read, write, sew, and do needlework and other women’s work, and were also given slapinghe, vier ende light, potagie ende cleyn bier voor de dorst (‘sleeping quarters, four meals, soup and small beer to quench the thirst’). This façade relief from around 1640 depicts St Anne with her daughter Mary in the temple, framed in a cartouche with foliage and floral sprays. It is an attractive Baroque sculpture from the heyday of the Grand Beguinage.

View of the Grand Beguinage

The Roelands Room also has a painting by Ernest Faut (1879 – 1961), showing a view of the Grand Beguinage.

Setup facility

Met dansvloerZonder dansvloer

Lengte / Breedte
5,9 x 4,6m


Compare with the other facilities

Zaal MeetingsLunch/DinerLengte / Breedte
TheaterKlasUBlokMet dansvloerZonder dansvloer
Anna De Paepe 35 24 21 188,1 x 6,2m
B. Lipsius 14 16 206,9 x 5,2m
Begga 104,5 x 6,0m
Bisschopskamer 40 32 21 28 458,0 x 8,0m
E. Van Ophem 104,4 x 6,0m
Florquin 20 15 15 158,2 x 6,1m
H. Geesttafel 50 36 26 32 5012 x 5,5m
Infirmerie 250 100 160 20027,8 x 8,9m
Lemaire 130 60 45 10 70 11016,8 x 8,0m
M. Roelands 12 145,9 x 4,6m
St. Anna 167,0 x 4,0m
St. Barbara 60 50 34 3014,0 x 5,5m
St. Gommarius 188.2 x 6.2m
Swerius 24 24 24 246,0 x 14,0m
Van Hamaele 50 40 29 209,7 x 8,0m
Willem Van Croy 16016,0 x 15,0m

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