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The library of the Catholic University of Leuven, founded in 1425, was located inside the university halls, and was enlarged in 1725 in a baroque style.In 1914, during World War I, Leuven was plundered by German troops, and a large part of the city was set fire to, effectively destroying about half of the city. The library was lost, as well as about 300,000 books, and a huge collection of manuscripts.The University Library was rebuilt by the American architect Whitney Warren. The tower houses one of the largest carillons in the world. Warren took particular pride in his design of the reconstructed library at the Catholic University of Leuven, finished in 1928, which carried the controversial inscription 'Furore Teutonico Diruta: Dono Americano Restituta' ("Destroyed by German fury, restored by American generosity") on the facade. The library was largely destroyed by German forces again in 1940.Here you see the 'beiaard' Luc Rombouts playing George Gershwin's 'Summertime' on the carillon. The video is made yesterday, 6th of May, 2008.

Author: andria260807
Keywords: Luc Rombouts Summertime George Gershwin carillon Leuven
Added: May 7, 2008