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    The Old Friend

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    My old friend "Sint Jacques"

    Those which know me save that I have a “particular attraction for Saint-Jacob (of Compostelle, owner of the travellers!)And thus, everywhere where I pass, where I meet it, I cannot prevent me from taking it in foto!

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    Ceux qui me connaissent save que j'ai une "attirance particulière pour Saint-Jacques (de Compostelle, patron des voyageurs !)Et donc, partout où je passe, là où je le rencontre, je ne peut m'empêcher de le prendre en foto !

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    Bousval (Town)

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    Bousval

    It is a splendid village with many fields.

    Noirhat is its residential district divided into two parts: that of quoted Haut-Noirhat and that of Bas-Noirhat (district with large gardens), noirhat étang/A noirhat pond there is chappelle.

    When one moves towards the center of the village one finds oneself close to a place or there is also a large vault. And rare are the houses which have gardens at this place.

    We can take our picknick in the sport center of the town; and we where lucky there ! It was warm there and we enjoy it because the bad wethear outside!

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    C'est un magnifique village avec beaucoup de champs.

    Noirhat est son quartier résidentiel divisé en deux parties : celle du Haut-Noirhat cité et celle du Bas-Noirhat (quartier avec des grands jardins), noirhat étang/A noirhat étang il y a une chappelle.

    Quand on se dirige vers le centre du village on se retrouve près d'une place ou il y a aussi une grande chapelle. Et rares sont les maisons qui ont des jardins à cet endroit.

    Bousval: Town view Bousval: The Church
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    Walking around

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    The Vault

    In way, we crossed this very old and beautiful vault in the middle of nowhere. I do not despair to find more details in this connection one day!

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    En chemin, nous avons croisé cette trés ancienne et belle chapelle au milieu de nulle part. Je ne desepère pas de trouver plus de détails à son propos un jour !

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    Looking to the goats

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    Le chalet de l'abbaye


    The only place (I think) on the site where one can quiet drink a glass it is the Country cottage of the abbey. When the temp allows it, terasse it is really a pleasure. There are there an important choice of beer of abbey and if it does not occur large thing there one can always look at the goats climbing on the rocks?!

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    Le seul endroit (je pense) sur le site où on peut boire un verre tranquille c'est le Chalet de l'abbaye. Quand le temp le permet, la terasse est vraiment acceuilante. On y a un choix important de bière d'abbaye et s'il ne s'y passe pas grand chose on peut toujours regarder les chévres grimper sur les rochers ?!

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    Abbey (6)

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    TODAY

    The first restoration begins in 1893.

    1984 should be waited until to see a new building site of restoration of scale.

    It is always in hand.

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    La première restauration débute en 1893.

    On devra ensuite attendre 1984 pour voir une nouvelle restaurationd'envergure.

    Et cette campagne est toujours en cours à ce moment.

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    Abbey (5)

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    The End ???

    In 1796, the French revolutionary administration removes the Abbey and sells it like national good to a material merchant.

    The majestic ruins of the monastery attract the romantic ones throughout the 19th century.

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    En 1796, l'administration révolutionaire saisi l'abbaye et vend les bâtiments en tant que bien national à un merchant de marériaux.

    Les ruines majestueuses atirent les romantiques de tous poils depuis le 19è s

    The road of Villers la Ville through ! de ruins
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    Abbey (4)

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    Rebirth

    The 18th century constitutes on the other hand the second golden age of the Abbey, during which the medieval buildings are refitted in the traditional style.

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    Le 18ème s. constitue d'une autre manière le second " Age d'Or " de l'Abbaye, c'est dans cette pèriode que l'on restaure les bâtiments du moyen-age dans le style traditionel.

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    Abbey (3)

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    Decline

    First internal crises appear as of the end of the Middle Ages (reduction in the number of convers,…).

    When, 16th at the end of the 17th century, the Abbey knows a succession of calm and disturbed periods, during which the monks leave the places with nine recoveries for reasons of insecurity.

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    Les premières crises internes apparaissent à la fin du moyen age (entre autres réduction sensible du nombre de converts, ...)

    Ensuite du 16ème jusqu'à la fin du 17ème siècle, l'abbaye subbit une succesion de périodes calmes et turbulentes, durant lesquelles les moines quittent le site avec 9 converts pour des raisons d'insécuritée.

    Ruins of the past in Villers-la-Ville
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    Abbey (2)

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    The Glorious period

    These first buildiCertain abbots are thenngs do not exist any more: the Abbey indeed was completely rebuilt throughout the 13th century (Villers III), time of its apogee spiritual and temporal.

    Certain abbots destined for ecclesiastical high positions and the preserved texts mention many saints monks and convers in the community.

    The Abbey counted in this time - according to the chronicle! - a hundred monks and three times more convers.

    The field included ten thousands of hectares, distributed between Antwerp and Namur and exploited by various barns.

    Villers profited moreover from the protection of the powerful dukes of the Brabant.

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    Ces premiers bâtiments n'existent plus : l'abbaye en effet a été complètement reconstruite tout au long du 13ème siècle (Villers III), c'est la période de son apogée spirituel et temporel.

    Certains abbés destinés aux positions ecclésiastiques élevées et dans les textes préservés mentionnent beaucoup de moines et convers ainsi que de saints dans la communauté.

    L'abbaye a compté dans ce temps - selon la chronique ! - cent moines et trois fois plus de convers.

    Les propriétés étaient de dix-milles hectares, répartis entre Anvers et Namur et exploités par de diverses communautés.

    Villers a profité d'ailleurs de la protection des ducs puissants du duché de brabant.

    View on the ruins of Villers-la-Ville
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    Abbey (1)

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    The beginning

    In 1146, at the invitation of the lord of Marbais and its mother Judith and under the impulse of saint Bernard, an abbot, twelve monks and five convers arrive of Clairvaux at Villers to found there an abbey (Villers I).

    After a few months, the monks choose the final site of the lower monastery in the valley (Villers II).

    The site had various advantages: a sufficiently withdrawn valley, water in abundance, building materials within reach.

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    En 1146, à l'invitation du seigneur de Marbais et de sa mère Judith, sous l'impulsion de Saint-Bernard, un abbé, 12 moines et 5 convers arrivent de Clairvaux à Villers pour y fonder une Abbaye. (Villers I)

    Après quelques mois, les moines choisissent le site deffinitif un peu plus bas dans la vallée (Villers II)

    Le site avait de nombreux avantages: une vallée retirée, de l'eau en abondance et de riches matériaux de constructions.

    One of the old gates
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    You said mushrooms!

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    Looking around

    The site being very surrounded of wood, not to hesitate not to plunge you in nature surrounding .

    You will have the chance, if you are discrete, to surprise the escape of a roe-deer, or at the very least to see many mushroom species.

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    Le site est situé dans un environement de bois, et donc n'hésitez pas à vous plonger dans la nature allentour !

    Vous aurez la chance, si vous êtes discret, de voir filer un chevreuil, ou pour le moins d'admirer une des nombreuses variétés de champignons présent dans les bois.

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    Abbey of Villers-la-Ville

    by Helga67 Updated Aug 9, 2007

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    Cycling through Villers-la-Ville I discovered this unkown (to me at least) gem. From the streetside it already looked so impressive that I just couldn't resist to visit it.

    What you will see are just ruins of an ancient Cistercian abbey. Especially the ruins of the church are quite impressive and it is nice to walk along the remains of the abbey along with numerous outbuildings, including the cloister, refectory, kitchens, dormitories, and brewing house.

    Entrance: 5 EUR
    Open all year round (closed on Tuesday)

    Abbey of Villers-la-Ville
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    Tomb of Gobert d'Aspremont

    by filipdebont Written Oct 2, 2004

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    When you walk in the cloister towards the big Abbey church, you will notice a beautiful tomb in a corner.

    It is the tomb of Gobert d’Aspremont; he was a famous Crusader who died in 1263 in Villers-la-Ville.

    The tombstone made of black marble shows a brave knight dressed in a monk's habit.

    Behind the tomb there is a magnificent rose window.

    This tomb was rebuilt after 1648 and restored in the 20 century by members of the family d'Aspremont-Lynden.

    The tomb in the cloister
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    The Abbey Church

    by filipdebont Written Oct 2, 2004

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    The Abbey Church is the most impressive building at the historical site (up to me).

    It was built in the 13th century in the shape of a cross. It looks and is huge : 90 m x 40 m.

    A part of the nave is still intact, and like this it is easier to have an idea how it must have been in the past.

    In this beautiful scenery, we could listen to the spiritual sound of the Gregorian Choir of Leuven.

    The picture shows how the church looked like with special lighting, for a day time view see my opening picture at my intro page.

    The Church
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    Under the Viaduct

    by filipdebont Updated Oct 2, 2004

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    So in the previous tip I have already told you that the train was passing by via a viaduct right through the Abbots garden.

    At the walking concert Voices under the Stars, this location was used for the female voices of Adiemus.

    So the organisers built up Stage nr 5 just under one of the arches of this viaduct, and with some attractive lighting, it looked very nice (and it sounded great too).

    Adiemus under the viaduct
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