BANG! LEMAÎTRE WALK (EXCLUSIVE) (NL)
Twice a month on Saturdays, you can visit the antique telescope on the roof of the Premonstratensian College at the end of the BANG! Lemaître Walk. The telescope is a U.S. gift from the 1950s that accompanied the rollout of the Marshall Plan. It is the largest telescope in Flanders but has lamentably remained unused due to the city’s light pollution. It looks remarkably like comic book character Tintin’s stargazer and evokes a wonderful sense of nostalgia.
BANG! IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GEORGES LEMAÎTRE
Meet Georges Lemaître and discover who he was as a person and what he signifies, as a legend.
The man about whose findings Albert Einstein once remarked, ‘This is the most beautiful and satisfactory explanation of creation to which I have ever listened’, was a priest and professor at the University of Leuven. The walk takes you past all his familiar haunts, where he lived and worked. His ideas and their scientific import, as well as the challenges he faced in gaining their acceptance, all come up for discussion. You’ll also learn about what was sometimes a complicated relationship between his faith and science, getting to know who he was not just as a scientist but a person. By the end of this walk, you’ll look at Leuven and all the stars in the sky with a new set of eyes.
Includes a visit to the antique telescope in the Premonstratensian College. Unfortunately, part of the walk is not accessible to those with mobility issues.
The walk departs from Leuven’s Grand Place (Grote Markt), at the façade of the city hall.
- Standard ticket: €8
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