Historical and Commemorative
Collection of Benjamin Weiss
PRISON AT LOUVAIN
WIENER, Jacques: Belgium, 1868, Bronze, 59 mm
Louvain is a town in Belgium in the province of Brabant, of which it was the capital in the 14th century before the rise of Brussels. Its town hall is one of the richest examples of pointed Gothic architecture. It is also the site of the prison depicted on this medal. Francios Derre, the architect of this prison, was a sculptor as well as an architect. He specialized in the construction of prisons, designing those at Hasselt, Gand, Mons, and Termonde, in addition to this one at Louvain.