Villers-la-Ville Travel Guide
Abbey of Villers-la-Ville
The road pas into the ruins
This is a maquette of the ruines.
View of the ruins from the hill behind.
The Old Friend
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...
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...
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...
Looking to the goats
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
You said mushrooms!
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...
Brasserie de la Fromage: Expensive cheese
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,...
in the Abbey ruins: Leffe Blonde
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...
Villers-la-Ville Abbey: Concerts
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:
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Villers la ville Abbey
Phone: 00 32 71 880.980
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- Hiking and Walking
Not easy to find
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),...
Another photo that I could share with you guys is while walking around the ruins area, I took this photo which we would see the railway track running accross the ruins area ! It's rather just outside the ruins, not in the middle of it...
selling stands: A CD of your favourite group
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
Written Sep 27, 2004
Address: 55, rue de l'Abbaye, Moulin Abbatial
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- Historical Travel
- Theater Travel
The Holy Dark Leffe
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?
Written Sep 28, 2004
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- Theater Travel
- Historical Travel
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...
Voices under the Stars
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...
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