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Town Hall Leuven.

Town Hall Leuven.
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24629 W: 523 N: 41334] (177626)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-08-20
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D Mark II, Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, Sandisk CFIII 16GB, B+W 82 010 UV - Haze 1x MRC
Exposure: f/22, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My best of 2014 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2014-09-28 23:14
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Flemish pictures JHM

Thank for your visit.

Second picture from Leuven.

Town Hall History:
The Town Hall of Leuven is one of the most famous Gothic town halls in the world and is also the pride of Leuven. The first stone was laid in 1439
The construction lasted thirty years and has three master builders known.
The Leuven 'Hall of Fame' contains 236 images that were made to the facade. Until after 1850 The total of 220 men and 16 women. On the lower floor are Leuven scholars, artists and historical figures, dressed in burgundy attire. The first floor is for the patron saints of the various parishes Leuven. Moreover adorn the graves and the dukes of Brabant, and the towers are mostly biblical figures

During a small visit to these nice city but max 100 years old, see further in my notes.

The Battle of Leuven began on August 4, 1914, when the Germans invaded Belgium. The twentieth Leuven was occupied. The occupation was peaceful expired. Or so it seemed. On August 25, the message went around that British and Belgian soldiers were on the move. Rockets fired - at one time were -. According to German soldiers Immediately afterwards there would be shot from some houses on the German troops, even from hotels where Germans were staying. The soldiers insisted that houses inside, shot down all who were they armed and set the houses on fire. The unrest lasted for several days, until the people had to leave, and was fired on 29 August. Town of Leuven Large areas around the station and in the centre were reduced to ashes. Only the town hall was protected. The hands of Professor Louis Scharpé near the Great Beguines could continue senseless destruction safeguarded. The result of the arson: 1081 houses were completely destroyed and 209 civilians were killed, including twenty women, six clerics, eleven children (one to six months) and three octogenarians.

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Dobar dan, gosdpodine.
Lep pogled na Town Hall Leuven, dobar tekst o arhitekturi i gradu sa istrojim i opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazana arhitektura i detalji na fasadi.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo uhavcen trenutak sa oblacima koji donose kisu i svetlo koje je istaklo lepotu fasade.
Lepa arhitektura.
Dobar tekst o tehnici i elementima snimka.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.

Cet hôtel de ville de Louvain est splendide avec cette prolifération de sculptures sur la façade, ses tours et son toit aux multiples lucarnes.

Bonjour John
Une bonne prise de ce superbe bâtiment richement décoré. Une architecture unique.
Amitiés et bonne journée.

Bonjour, cher ami John,
Quelle splendeur architecturale. De la dentelle de pierre.
La beauté des lieux est magnifiquement mise en valeur.
Encore une réussite.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10378 W: 146 N: 25981] (125665)
  • [2014-09-29 0:02]

Hello John,

Very classic postcard from Leuven. It is the most beautiful city hall of all I have seen. It looks like a silver reliquary. Superb presentation.
Warm regrads MAlgo

Breathtaking architecture and beautiful shot jhm! Oh to live in a place with so much history, I envy you my friend!

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14077 W: 0 N: 16143] (171732)
  • [2014-09-29 0:19]


quelle merveille cette cathédrale quelle architecture et vue superbe rendu sur les façades et captage cette place avec les personnage tous ces clochers quel c'est beau bravo.
Merci et amitié

Hello John,

You have given us very in-depth notes about the history of this building. Considering the circumstances, it is amazing that it has survived so completely!

It is one of the most ornate buildings that I have ever see! It resembles a magnificent sailing ship under full sail!

You have given us a fine view, both of the building and its location. We can appreciate how it fits into the cobbled square and how well its ornate carvings can be viewed by pedestrians.
The light is lovely on this day, helping to define the decorative architecture.

Have a great week,
Bev :-)

Hi John,
Fantastic architecture!
l like the composition and lights on your photo.
Very beautiful piece!

Hello John
this building is amazing, I can see why the town would be proud of it too it stands out so beautifully. You have captured its presence and scale superbly in this eye-catching image.


Have a good week - B.

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5783 W: 95 N: 9355] (52989)
  • [2014-09-29 3:46]

Dqag John,
wat een majestueus Gotisch gebouw is dit. Ik heb er al eens voorgestaan en het is wonderbaarlijk dat ze zulke dingen vroeger maakten. Erg mooie plaat.
groet, Gerrit

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1838 W: 417 N: 6649] (26898)
  • [2014-09-29 4:05]
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Hello John,

You have given us a very interesting and informative note, particularly about the atrocities waged here during the early days of World War I. And how amazing that this beautiful building survived despite all the havoc and bloodshed around about it.

This is a superbly ornate building and you have captured it here in the most lovely light which brings out all the details and textures superbly well. And the inclusion of people in the square really adds human interest as well as a fine sense of scale.

Beautiful light and colours, fine composition and exceptional details and sharpness.


Kind Regards,


P.S. Looking at your photograph, I see something very interesting to me. While this building is incredibly ornate, the tower to the left (probably the south-east tower) is much less ornate in its lower parts than the rest of the building - the stonework there is quite plain. Could that be a part of the building which was damaged and has since been more simply reconstructed?

Hello John,

This building is quite spectacular and your image presents it very well together with the animated place. The cloudy sky adds an interesting effect with light and clarity for an image of very good quality.

Best regards


Hi John,

The presence of the people has an effect of scale. The point of view is showing a double perspective of the architecture of the town hall of Leuven. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hi John!
Wonderful building!
Very beautiful and attractive architecture picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,

Büyük Usta,
Mükemmel bir fotoğraf.
Netlik alkış tutulaçak kalitede.
Tam bir belgesel fotoğraf.
Selam Bodrum'dan

Bonjour John,

Quelle superbe cathédrale. Je n'en ai jamais vu une avec une architecture aussi spéciale. L'ornementation extérieure est pleine de détails remarquables. J'aime bien le couple avec le chien qui se dirige dans ta direction.



Hello John,
An impressive photo of the magnificent town hall. It is no surprise that this is the pride of the city. All of the building is so richly decorated that there seems to be no flat or empty space left. Marvellous. And even in spite of this architectural perfection the photo gains so much from all the people seen in the open space. The life and colours they contribute mean a lot to the overall effect of the photo.
Kind regards,

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13700 W: 295 N: 27475] (110383)
  • [2014-09-29 7:01]

Hi John,
very nice the panoramic view of the Town Hall with its superb decoration to be the eye catching for the visitors.I like the creative POV as the people that create scale in the frame.The warm afternoon light make the image even more effective.


Hello John,
Fantastic capture with excellent architectural details.
l like the composition on your photo
Very good job.
Best regards

Hi John
Beautiful building as main interest which is finely sculptured with delicate detail so impressively shot and plenty of surface characteristics to savour. Its real feast of colours too, brilliant light and superb overall contrast. A fine shot and tfs.
Best regards

Hello John,

Unbelievable, this is the world keep coming to my mind when I see this picture. No wonder that it is the most famous Gothic town halls in the world, but I am surprised that I did not know about it. Thanks for showing here.


Hello John,
superb representation of this majestic Town Hall. You chose a great perspective and made it stand so imposing in the background of your composition. The sculpted exterior is fascinating, strong sharpness makes it look so vibrant. The sky makes a fascinating backdrop and the human presence adds depth and is agreeable. You moderated and balanced the light superbly and the colours are lovely. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,

Hi John.
A unique composition of this famous building so awesome, her delicate facade full of sculptures and profusion of ornaments, is like a museum in the open air, when I visit in the past, I did not have this beautiful light, for the day was rainy , here looks wonderful.
Magnificent colorful, very natural.
Very well managed both luminosity and sharpness.
A very good job.
I wish you a good start to the week.
All the best.

Hi John,
A truly fantastic building with such beautiful architecture with such details. This is also a very pleasant street scene with a lot of people providing good colours. But the Town Hall here looks indeed impressive, should be worth seeing!
Kind regards

Hi John, very good picture of this interesting building with so much history, beautifully captured in this interesting picture with good sharpness, beautiful light, color and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.

Hello John,

An extra-ordinary sculpture with perfect exposure and choice of shooting position, very nicely captured and maintained well color balance and framing.



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  • cagla Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 484 W: 6 N: 621] (4342)
  • [2014-09-29 11:28]

When I visited Brussels last year, I loved the gothic style architecture there, and I shared one here from the Grand Place, the bread house, opposite to the town hall there. This one is a really wonderful one, each detail is carved like a fine Brussels lace. Sharpness and pov are very good, congrats, thanks for sharing.

Hallo John,
Het stadhuis van Leuven is echt wel een pracht van gotische architectuur.
Heel mooie kleuren, zowel van de gebouwen als in de lucht.
Haarscherp en een echte kwaliteitsopname.
Het is niet moeilijk om voorbijgangers mee op de foto te nemen op die plaats. Maar je moet wel opletten dat je er niet omver gereden wordt door een bus wanneer al je aandacht naar het stadhuis gaat.
Vele groeten, Paul

Bonsoir John,
superbe présentation de cette magnifique architecture.

Ciao John
che meraviglia questo palazzo, un'architettura molto slanciata e finemente lavorata.
Da ciò che vedo, sembra che la piazza sia tutta bella, ma, ovviamente, questo soggetto è il pezzo forte della città.
Gran bel lavoro.

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  • Alco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 3 N: 630] (7559)
  • [2014-09-29 20:05]

Hello John,
This is a superb picture of that Town Hall. Its architecture is really fantastic. It is surely the most beautiful Town Hall I have seen on Trekearth. the architecture is amazing.It is not surprising that its construction lasted thirty years. A real work of art. Very well done. TFS.

Hi John
Splendid shot of this beautiful architecture. The presence of good people. Exposure and colors are very good.

Regards ...

Hi John
this is a wow wow wow wow piece of architecture!

I don't think i've ever seen this before.
so glad to have come across it today.

I'd love to see this in person some day.

so beautiful, and i love the vertical composition you took this in too.

wonderful photo, so striking!

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9304 W: 57 N: 15750] (58338)
  • [2014-09-30 1:10]

Goedemorgen John,
Ik heb ook nog een paar foto's van het stadhuis in Leuven, maar die zijn lang niet zo mooi als deze. Het licht was hier geweldig mooi en de scherpte voor alle prachtige decoraties is uitstekend. Heel mooi werk!

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9869 W: 157 N: 16070] (126527)
  • [2014-09-30 6:55]

Witaj John!
Fantastic building!
I love it!
Good POV and composition,
Nice colors.
Well done.
Nice afternoon

A stunning architecture's style, John - wish our cityhall would look a bit alike...
Fabulous edifice, even the red flowers not forgotten, and taken from a perfect distance over.
My cong.s, a magnificent place, a great heaven for photography.
Good evening,

Hello John,

an impressive building and a very nice picture. As always, a successful picture composition, crisp details and great colors.

Have a nice evening


Hello John,

very fine picture from Leuven showing this amazing town hall. Very much architectural details are presented here in perfect sharpness. I like the shot very much.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


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  • stego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
  • [2014-09-30 11:30]

Hello John,

An impressive POV of an amazing building, very "Belgian". Besides the architecture, the image is also interesting for showing the life on the square.

TFS, regards, José.

Ciao John, great view of fantastic Church, lovely composition with a lot of people, superb sky, excellent clarity, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Salam dear John,

What a beautiful shot from this great building of Hall,

Excellent POV, nice colours and clarity,

Very very fantastic view, nice postcard,

*** Very Thanks!

Sorry , for that i am little busy so was late,

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2014-09-30 20:23]

Dear John,
what this beautiful architecture and views made ​​on the facades and capture this place with all these character cathedral spiers how beautiful it is. thanks
Friendly Regards

Good morning my dear friend
and have a nice day
this building is almost breathtaking because
the architectural details and the ornaments
concenring the constructions have great
originality its amazing how this building
survived during the war you notes are
very useful and impressive to understand
have a nice time

Hi John,
Great architecture very well presented with a good alngle and an excellent management for sharpness and light, the facade with shadows is well made.

Prachtige foto van dit mooie gebouw in deze fantastische stad!
Het contrast en de scherpte zijn zo goed dat je het gebouw bijna kunt voelen als je er naar kijkt.

groet, Jan

Hello John,
This is a fine shot of this interesting town hall. Your POV was well chosen showing the building from an angle that creates both depth and direction. The people in the foreground add a sense of scale and life for the shot. The lighting is fine providing nice color and detail.

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2655 W: 0 N: 3112] (20996)
  • [2014-10-01 7:40]

Dag John
I consider this expansive architecture being designed by an extrovert architect, given the attractive laced decorations that gain admiration of the world.
No wonder why the stonemasons spent thirty years assembling all those added-on-framework finely-chiseled ornaments.
GREAT VIEW,indeed!
Tot ziens.

Hallo John,
super Foto und Information, gratuliere!
Viele Grüße

Good evening
Nice background, photographic masterpiece.
Very nice photo
Good job
Good luck

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3449 W: 0 N: 7971] (57329)
  • [2014-10-01 9:06]

Wow, this is breathtaking, so rich decorations and fantastic form, simply wonderful
regards Ryszard

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  • jcpix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3793] (14030)
  • [2014-10-01 9:57]

Hi John,

Wow, what a striking town hall, quite an eye-catching Gothic design! A small town with a big impact, yeah? :) I'm sure there are a bounty of photo opportunities within the details of the exterior architecture itself, but this wide open and grand view sure makes a statement of its own.

And great timing to have captured the couple in the foreground with their dog, they add a nice little touch...like a family out for a walk on a beautiful late summers day. :) In fact, the people give us a good sense of scale too and aid in the overall pleasant atmosphere of this charming cobbled square. Enjoy the rest of the day. Take good care.

Friendly wishes,


Hi John,
this is so beautiful! The architecture of the city hall is so elegant and elaborate. Just behind nice row of townhouses start. Interesting side light resulted in a pleasant effect.
Excellent work!

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4190 W: 2 N: 7159] (35044)
  • [2014-10-01 13:01]

Hello John,
Nice picture of Town Hall , wonderful architecture. Very beautiful postcard from Leuven. Interesting notes.
Perfect captured, great perspective, excellent clarity and natural colors.
Very nice work!

Hello John,
What an intricate building, it looks like a cathedral! You took the photo from a great POV and the direction of the light adds beauty.

Dear John,

What an extraordinary photograph. You have captured a slice of daily life in the square, with visitors milling about, but most importantly the spectacular majesty of the Town Hall of Leuven. You had spectacular light, bright and crisp. Your camera settings reveal the very small f/22 aperture to give the extraordinary depth-of-field.

Finally the note is informative and very much appreciated.

Warm regards,


Hi Bonsior dear John, how are you?

I am so sorry for my dull action/reply due to some bunisness troubles.
Greatly stunning and outstanding architecturee image, presenting your country's diversity. So clear, sharp and also fresg/comfortable image at all! Just wonderful, and I have lost my any words.
All the best and thanks a lot. Takero from Tokyo

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11919 W: 126 N: 21550] (110407)
  • [2014-10-03 3:46]

Salut John,un parmi les plus decores palais du monde je pense,jamais vu par moi jusqu'a aujourd'hui,et c'est une magnifique surprise! Quelle beaute',l'architechture serieuse et imposante et les details impressionants partout,une excellent image,dommage que la lumiere du moment n'etait pas la meilleure.Bon WE et merci,Luciano

Hi John,
this building is beautiful great decorations. good p.o.v. and light management.

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  • boa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 568 W: 2 N: 1442] (7899)
  • [2014-10-03 11:19]

Hi John,
this is an incredible building! The decorated facade is really amazing and impressive. You did a good job here with this picture. Sharp and clear and a nice impression from the soft light, captured from a good angle, well done!

Have a nice weekend/

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2014-10-03 12:01]

Hi John,
this Town Hall is beautiful and unusual. Amazing details of architecture. Good vertical composition. Fine light and colors also. Photo I like a lot.
Have a nice WE.

Hello John,
An excellent photo of this impressive, ornate town hall. It is a shame that such buildings are so often destroyed by wars.
I like the inclusion of the people in the image, particularly the couple with the dog.
Warm regards,

hello John
Un superbe composition,l'architecture est magnifique la lumière révèle parfaitement les détails et la structure de la façade ensoleillée.
Bon W-E

Howdy John,

Beautiful and very impressive view of the Leuven Town Hall, Renaissance architecture 'gone wild' with every inch decorated in art sculptures, numerous arches, ornate spires, and people in the plaza enjoying the rich history.

Hopefully Leuven and all of Europe will never experience the tragedies of war again.

thanks for sharing,
and have an excellent weekend,

Dear John Sir,

Excellent picture shared by you. Great architecture. The tourist are enjoying their time watching this town hall. I like it.

Dag John,
Een hoogtepunt van de Vlaamse gotiek. Rijke ornamenten en een boeiende ontmoeting met latere delen.
Je schitterende foto laat dit gebouw in al zijn glorie schitteren.
groet Rob

Hallo John,
Hierdie is 'n fantastiese gebou en geen wonder nie dat dit die trots van Leuven is. Jou waarnemingshoek is uitstaande en die afwerking in soveel detail is ongelooflik. Die hele toneel is net 'n groot plesier om te aanskou. En in soveel goeie skerpheid en algemene kwaliteit. Groete uit die suide.

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2014-10-06 1:04]

Bonjour mon ami
De retour au froid après un mois passé au soleil
Très bonne qualité d'image où la lumière latérale dans un intéressant relief à l'image
Parfaite netteté
Sincères amitiés

Hello dear John,
What a wonderfull cathedral, what a wonderfull capture.
Many interesting details and as allways in your case many interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards

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  • Selmik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 346 W: 4 N: 668] (3631)
  • [2014-10-06 17:43]

Hi John.
This is a breathtaking picture! Excellent, admirable, fantastic show of this beautiful, old-style architecture!
Perfect photograph.

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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
  • [2014-10-07 2:40]

Hallo John!
This architectural gem hardly is to surpass - as the photo is. What a gorgeous sight! You have had wonderful conditions when taking this picture and you really took advantage of them. All the visible details in the facades are a fast for the eyes and the well rendered sky is a really great background here.
Unfortunately I'm not able to make your photo a "favourite" because I passed my limit for this.
All the best from rainy and stormy Siegen!

That is an amazing building John, beautifully captured by you and a very fine note too my friend.....

Hello, John,
What can I say? Just fantastic architecture. As you know I always love the Belgian architecture after my visit to Brussels in 1999. I think this building is too much for this photo. So I have see some uneven shapes of the elements. Anyway thank you for this interesting discovery. TFS!
Best wishes,

Wow! The best architecturally designed town hall I've ever seen. Beautiful and very intricate motif. I like the angle showing the front and side with sharp details. Well done, tfs.

Bonjour John,

On reste sans voix devant la richesse architecturale de cet hotel de ville.C'est vraiment impressionnant.J'aime beaucoup la puissance du ciel et le jeu de la lumière dans le foisonnement de détails de l'architecture.Belle réalisation ,sans défaut de perpective souvent liés a des prises de vue en contre plongée de ce type de sujet.

erg fraai gemaakt mooie foto John,
prachtig stadhuis heel mooi fotowerk john
inderdaad erg fraai gebouw mooie bouwstijl.
gr. jaap

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10227 W: 174 N: 18146] (80623)
  • [2014-10-09 16:56]


incredible the shapes of this gothic building. the intensity of these adornments and the rich details created a marvelous architectonic effect. I liked the image you got, excellent quality giving us a daily life view like a bonus too.



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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14489 W: 1047 N: 29294] (138472)
  • [2014-10-10 6:16]

Bonjour John

Smart choice of a vertical format to emphasise the height of this impressively decorated building. Good sharpness and the people & dog add scale and animate the shot. Superb shadow detail and the side light is excellent. The sunlit facade at left contrasts nicely against the darker bg sky. Tfs!

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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 715 W: 129 N: 1144] (7625)
  • [2014-10-11 16:43]

Hi John
Amazing facades!
I can imagine the hard and patient work of the builders. I guess that several workers began as young men, and when this magnificent building was completed, they were already old.

All the best

Hello John,
Une très jolie place sublimée par cette magnifique architecture. Une très grande netteté qui nous permet d'admirer les détails des sculptures, la lumière est splendide. J'aime beaucoup!

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  • siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2782 W: 23 N: 4581] (34141)
  • [2014-10-18 3:13]

Hello John,
Impressive architecture this with all these sculptures and decorations! Beautifully presented and photographed from a very well selected POV. People play an important part here to make make the scene really special and interesting. TFS!

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5755 W: 64 N: 11341] (46939)
  • [2014-10-19 15:27]

Hi John!
Really beautiful and so huge, it must be one of the most beautiful town halls I've ever seen! So many details on those walls. You framed it very well and I like these people and the dog all around.

Dear John
I see a lot of beautiful photos in your gallery.
First, I'll be the judge of this since we first caught my eye.
Excellent work very nice visually but also good and rich information in the text.
Kind regards

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  • Rafer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 881 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2014-11-01 7:40]

Exceptional sight of ses very nice monument ... congratulations for this big photo..Greetings John.

Hello John

What a magnificent building. Very ornate and imposing. Your point of view adds to its imposing nature and reveals its splendour. Very good, sharp, well composed shot.

Many thanks


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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2014-11-03 20:27]

Dag John
For me this townhall is the best piece of Gothic art building in Belgium...the details of the sculptures and the number of them packed in the walls is awe inspiring. You got light, which falls from the left and hence the facade is in shade..yet the details are well decipherable.
Beautiful work!
Best Regards

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  • pili51 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 28 N: 493] (1853)
  • [2014-11-06 12:47]

Hello Jhon,
Very beautiful building the Town Hall of Leuven , an amazingly intricate work of art.
Your photo does a good job of showing this beauty, shows the details incredibly well.
Beautiful light and colours, fine composition and exceptional details and sharpness.
Well done. Congratulations!

All the best, have a great evening,

Hello, John!

Wonderful architecture and really an imposing building! The sharpness is excellent so that we can see every detail of this place! Also a very good light, perfectly managed! Great job!

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  • Uhu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 727 W: 0 N: 1712] (8609)
  • [2014-11-22 12:20]

Yeah, I remember reading the book, "August cannons" or something like that, there were some information about Library being arsoned in 1914 and all other nice things that Army guys did there.
Pity that they did it.
Well - as about the building - its just unbeleivably great, its wonderful and amazing one.
And great photo it is!

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  • silah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 288 W: 0 N: 252] (2798)
  • [2014-12-21 8:38]

Unbelievable building with impressive decorations and detailed. Very well light management, framing as well. TFS my friend. GREETINGS, Salih.

Hello John,
happy new Year. All the best for 2015. This building is great, it looks like made of laces. Good composition.
Kind regards,

Ciao Jhon!
Eccellente la definizione dei dettagli! Non conoscevo questa cattedrale, FANTASTICA!!! Molto bella la tua inquadratura che ne esalta il fascino della bellezza e dell'imponenza! Belli luce e colori!
Saluti e a presto, Nino.

Fantastic photo image,
wonderful definition and fantastic POV,
I like the warm tone of the facade,

My subjective assessment:
photo quality 4
quality post 4
feeling 3

total 11/15

hello John very nice vertical frame an impressive architecture perfectly taken by you, interesting details in the lower part also
well done

Hello John! Amazing architecture, wonderful cathedral. Great work. Fantastic exposure and capture. Ideal quality: contrast, sharpness, colours. Fine frame. Well done!

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  • fds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 667 W: 0 N: 1619] (9669)
  • [2015-02-08 23:26]

Dear friend John very beautiful postcard from leuven with fantastic building with very beautiful architecture...great place with fantastic colors...

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  • king Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 407 W: 61 N: 510] (4242)
  • [2016-02-07 22:55]

Dag John,

Doof je archief scrollend stuitte ik op deze prachtige foto. Fantastisch veel tekening in het laatgotische gebouw, alle mensen staan precies op de goede plek en de kleur van het licht mag er zijn. Heerlijke plaat om naar te kijken.
Huub de K.

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