Stadhuis (Town Hall)
There are three floors. Between the windows there are oriels, each with two niches; three corner-turrets also have niches. The carved bases of these niches represent biblical subjects. The motif of sin and punishment is often repeated. These scenes had a didactic and admonishing function, not only for the common people but also for the judges who resided in the building. The 236 statues in the niches were only placed after 1850. The whole set has become the Leuven pantheon! Unlike the figures in the bases who wear Burgundian clothes, the persons in the niches wear the clothes of the period in which they lived.
The two rows on the ground floor represent artists, scholars and eminent citizens of the Leuven past. The first floor displays figures who symbolise the municipal privileges and the patron saints of the parishes.
On the second floor the Counts of Leuven and the Dukes of Brabant can be noticed; the turrets represent biblical figures. Since the nineteenth century three restorations have taken place. The latest finished in 1983 and repaired the war damage, suffered when a bomb scraped the façade and did not explode ...