Walk through three Leuven neighborhoods and explore their roots with ErfgoedApp . Neighbors will guide you past a series of striking spots and tell stories of the past that colored the neighborhood.
The three Leuven tours are part of Straathistories, a series of neighborhood publications created for and by Leuven residents. With the help of the Leuven Heritage Unit, local residents themselves collect information about the past of their neighborhood. They search in archives, collect old photographs and interview older local residents. The result is a publication about the history of the neighborhood. Three of these street histories can now also be discovered with the ErfgoedApp : De Mussenbuurt, Vlierbeek and De Ziekelingenstraat.
Neighbors speak out
"Good day, I'm Hugo. I haven't lived here for over forty years but my heart still beats for this neighborhood. Because in the 1960s and 1970s I had a fantastic childhood here. I would like to show you some beautiful things from the past and present." - Hugo from Ziekelingen Street
The three tours in the ErfgoedApp take you past old and striking Leuven buildings, guide you through unsuspected bits of nature and introduce you to the stories that color the neighborhood. Along the way, you will discover forgotten histories that took place behind the facades. In the Mussenbuurt, for example, you will learn more about Jozef II Street:
"In the middle of the street, at number 26, was the community center of De Straatmus. The house belonged to Baroness De Walque, but it was completely dilapidated. Therefore, in 1980, the neighborhood work decided to squat and renovate the house. A children's work and a service for neighborhood meals were built out and everyone was welcome for a chat." - Kris from the Sparrow neighborhood
Finally, in Vlierbeek, ErfgoedApp dishes out several quiz questions to you. You can solve them using the clues on your route. Along the way, guide Maria will tell you more about the people who may be forgotten today, but who once played a particularly important role in this neighborhood:
"Elisabeth Alberdingk Thym was an important figure for the neighborhood. During the war years she hospitably received Vlierbeek refugees in the cellars of the abbey and mediated with the German army. Undaunted and carrying a white flag, she stepped up to the occupiers. She stressed that she only wanted to offer the innocent civilians refuge within the abbey wall. And she persuaded the Germans to spare the refugees." - Mary from Vlierbeek