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    The monastery of the "Achelse Kluis"

    by catnl Updated Mar 7, 2007
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    Favorite thing: Certainly worth a vist this old monastery, its between Holland and Belgium, 15 min. by car from Eindhoven direction Valkenswaard.
    The monks have a special shop with special beers, cheese and other food.
    Its cheaper to buy the Trappistbeer here then in shops. We used to go here almost every week when my parents were still alive.
    Beside this monastery there is a great nature area were u can make long walks.

    Fondest memory: Address:
    De Kluis 1, Hamont-Achel.

    http://www.achelsekluis.be/

    http://www.achelsekluis.org/general/home.htm

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    Who are the trappists?

    by OlafS Updated Jan 13, 2004

    Favorite thing: The Trappists are a Cistercian order of monks. Unlike the Norbertines*, some of whose abbeys I describe elsewhere, this order tries to stay away from the rest of society as much as possible. Until the 1960's these monks didn't even speak! Their wish for seclusion still means that you won't see many monks, except for a guide maybe, or a monk having relatives for a visit. You are not allowed to enter any part of the abbey, except for the public parts. Respect this.

    *Norbertines are priests and always served the community. Trappists are monks who lead a life of strict rules of prayer and labour.

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    History

    by OlafS Updated Oct 8, 2003

    Favorite thing: In 1656, when in the Netherlands catholicism is persecuted, a small church is built just over the border near Achel. Here the catholics from Valkenswaard and surounding villages can safely celebrate their religion. In 1686 a secluse is formed, a small community of hermits, a "kluis" in Dutch. The French revolutionists close the place, but in 1846 a trappist monastery is founded. The monks live of agriculture and related industries, like a brewery. The "kluis" in the name is retained, even though the abbey is now very open to the rest of society, no longer the secluse it once was. In 1989 most of the land is sold and since then the abbey gets most of its income from a shop. In 1999 a new brewery is opened in the abbey, the sixth trappist brewery in the world.

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    Adresses

    by OlafS Written Apr 24, 2003

    Favorite thing: The Achelse Kluis has two adresses;

    In Belgium:
    St. Benedictusabdij De Achelse Kluis
    De Kluis 1
    3930 Hamont-Achel
    Telefoon: 011800760
    fax: 011648130
    E-mail: abdij@achelsekluis.be

    In The Netherlands:
    St. Benedictusabdij De Achelse Kluis
    Abdijweg 50
    5556VE Valkenswaard
    Telefoon: 040-2069955
    fax: 040-2069783
    E-mail: abdij@achelsekluis.nl

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