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!---oooOOOooo---Ceux qui me connaissent save que j'ai une "attirance particulière pour Saint-Jacques (de...more
BousvalIt 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...more
The VaultIn 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!---oooOOOooo---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 !more
Le chalet de l'abbayeThe 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...more
TODAYThe 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.---oooOOOooo--- 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.more
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.---oooOOOooo---En 1796, l'administration révolutionaire saisi l'abbaye et vend les bâtiments en tant que bien national à un...more
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.---oooOOOooo---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...more
DeclineFirst 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.---oooOOOooo---Les premières crises internes...more
The Glorious periodThese 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....more
The beginningIn 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...more
Looking aroundThe 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.---oooOOOooo--- Le site est situé dans un environement de bois, et donc n'hésitez pas à vous plonger...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The former Brewery building was used as a restaurant: the Brasserie des Fromage.At several places on the concert ground you could buy tickets for a dish in this restaurant.The ticket: 25 EuroWhat did you get: 1 plate with different cheeses + 2 drinks at your choice (wine, special beer or soft drink)I did not buy such a platter as I thought this was...more
Well it is not really a restaurant tip, however . . . Some say that drinking a local Belgian Beer is eating and drinking at the same time.Also one good local Belgian beer is the same as two sandwiches.And were the Brewer is, there is no need for a Baker.Those are some local sayings.But at this walking concert - Voices under the Stars; the Brewery...more
Abbaye de Villers la Ville
The abbey is regularly the framework of demonstrations and concerts in any kinds.
Please consult the calendar of the demonstrations on Internet site:
L'abbaye est régulièrement le cadre de manifestations et concerts en tout genres.
Veuillez consulter le calendrier des manifestations sur le site internet:
So I went to Villers-la Ville with my car. To get there:Highway Namen / Namur -Brussel / Bruxelles (E411), exit 9. Louvain-la-Neuve, direction Nijvel / Nivelles (N25), exit Villers-la-Ville.OrHighway Bergen / Mons - Nijvel / Nivelles / Brussel / Bruxelles (E19), Nivelles-Sud, Ring Nivelles (R24) direction Waver / Wavre, N25 direction...more
This is a clear map on how to get there. Hire a car, hire a friend but be there because this is Belgium's hidden secret, so somebody says. It's very true.Also, this place can be reach easily from Namur; Another amazing Belgian city ! Click on [Namur] to see my page on this city...more
Near every stage there was a selling stand.
At these selling stands you could buy cd's of each vocal group which wasperforming at the Voices under the Stars concert.
The Choir of the Red Army had a very big and special stand. Besides cd's with their music, they were also selling typical Russian souvenirs like the beautiful Matroeska dolls.
What to buy: cd's and special souvenirs
Just a map of Belgium so that you know where Villers-La-Ville is situated.
It is in the middle between Namur & Brussels. A day excursion would be excellent !
While I was visiting the walking concert Voices under the Stars, I discovered a new Saint: The Holy Dark Leffe.
And there he stood in a niche in the Cloister Gangway. And he really was worshipped by many visitors at this concert.
But I must admit the Blonde Leffe is my all times favourite. But as the evening continued all the Blond Leffe was gone, and there was only Dark Leffe left (also it was the last evening of this 3-day walking concert).
Many visitors which passed by, as I was making this picture had a big smile on their face . . . . . I wonder why?
So for this walking concert - Voices under the Stars, there were invited 6 different Vocal groups. And they were performing on 6 different stages located at different places in between the old ruins of the Abbey of Villers-la-Ville.On the big picture you can see the big stage which was located on the working courtyard of the Abbey.This was also the...more
It was the fourth edition of the walking concert Voices under the Stars ( Stemmen onder de sterren / Nuits des Choeurs ).It looks as this as a success story as every year they have more visitors. (In 2001 : 10.000 visitors, in 2002 : 12.000 visitors, in 2003 : 19.000 visitors), how many visitors there were in 2004 that I do not know, but there were...more
These magnificent Abbey ruins are probably the most important of Belgium.This Cistercian Abbey was built in the 12th century, by Saint Bernardus. It is surely the most impressive Abbey that ever has been built in our country.Year after year, century after century this Abbey is growing. And this till the 18th century, when a French invasion destroys...more