Orval is one of the best beers in the world, no doubt! While you're visiting it would be inexcusable not to have a glass at the source! It's a darkish beer with an intense and complex flavour. Compared to it, Molson Canadian (and other beers like it) are nothing but yellow water. ***. The monks put much care into brewing this delicious beverage!...more
From 1668 to 1707 Charles de Bentzeradt, a native of Echternach (Luxembourg) became Abbot of Orval. This austere monk was above all a reformer. Taking as model what Abbot de Rancé had accomplished at the Abbey of La Trappe in Normandy, Charles established the "Strict Observance" in his own monastery.17th til first half of 18th century:The iron...more
15th-16th Century: wars between France and Burgundy and later between France and Spain brought big devastation to the Luxembourg region and to Orval.17th Century:Low Countries suffering but Orval bloomed and reached its highest point of development. Abbot Bernard de Montgaillard, from southern France, managed, despite the opposition of the...more
On the 9th March 1132, seven monks under the leadership of Constantin arrived at Orval from Trois-Fontaines. Together with the Canons they formed one single community and began immediatly with the adaptation of the buildings to Cistercian usages. The new church was completed before 1200.The Cistercians had to live according to their...more
The first monks to settle in Orval arrived from the south of Italy in 1070. They started to build a church the moment they settled. For unknown reasons they left the area after about 40 years later.The unfinished building work of the monks got completed in 1124 by Canons.The church got consecrated by Henri de Winton, Bishop of Verdun. You can see...more
In the newer part of the abbaye you can enter into the basement. There is a small museum that you can visit.You also can visit the church, mounting the stairs. It will lead you to a balcony of which point you have a nice view on the church. Last time we went it was opened in the afternoon.The door to this balcony is however opened on temporary...more
If you are staying in the Luxembourg Province of Belgium you should pay a visit to the Orval monastery.The Monastery consists out of different parts as seen on the map at the opening page:-ruins-cloister (with church)-workshops-cheese factory-chalet-brewery-guest-hous-gate-houseOn this picture you can view the cloister and t he huge madonna with...more
The monastery of Orval has a nice legend.One day a princes called Mathilde dropped her engagement ring in this water.She was still crying when all of a sudden a fish came on the surface, carying her ring on the top of it's head.Ever since, the symbol of Orval is the fish with the ring. This picture shows you the exact location of the event.In 2001,...more
Not much choice to go to Abbaye d'Orval. If you visit Orval in winter time, pls be aware of sudden snow storm.
My wallet disappeared while I was in the Abbey of Orval. To this day I don't know if someone stole it, if I left it somewhere or if it just fell out of my pocket. Anyways, I was really surprised that out of all the places I visited in Europe THAT was where I lost my wallet with everything in it.
Orval itself is out of the way. There's nothing but forest all around it. I actually have no idea where it really is in Belgium. The only way to get there is by car (or perhaps tourist bus?), and it's not really near anything else so it's probably never crowded.
The premises consists out of different parts.You will enter a door at the left, go a little bit throught the garden, take the door at your left again.There you have the reception. Should you have arranged a guided tour then you can announce your arrival here.Tickets, entrance and toilets are out at your left (at the opposite side you entered) and...more