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University buildings part of European Heritage Day on September 12 and 13

Published: 08th September 2020 Last updated: 08th September 2020

National European Heritage Day 2020 pays special tribute this year to ‘monuments of learning’, buildings where classes were taught in the past and sometimes into the present, including some Tilburg University buildings. The university owns four listed buildings. Cobbenhagen building is a nationally listed building, Koopmans building, Academia, and the former mensa on Cobbenhagenlaan (near the Sports Center) are listed on the municipal historic buildings register.

Because of the corona measures, several walking and cycling routes have been developed in Tilburg this year, which take hikers and cyclists past 54 listed sites and other locations in the city and in the surrounding villages. Only few buildings will be open. All sites have a link with education, which often shows on the outside of buildings.

On Sunday, September 13, between 11:30 and 16:30 hrs., short introductions will regularly be given at the entrance to Cobbenhagen building by Pieter Siebers, Tilburg University’s Academic Heritage project manager. He is an art historian and will discuss the architecture and functions of the building and also highlight some of the works of art in the vicinity. The building itself will not be open.

On September 12 or 13, get on your bike or put on your walking shoes and hit the road with the special guide book (in Dutch).

The routes, with information on all buildings (in Dutch), can be downloaded: https://www.openmonumentendag.nl/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/20-403-RUI-Uitingen-OMD-def-low-5aug_Corr.pdf. Free copies of the guide book are also available from the Tourist Information (VVV, Stadhuisplein 326a), the TijdLab in the Tilburg Central Library/LocHal, and from the information desk at the TextielMuseum (Goirkestraat 96).

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