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Abbaye de Villers

Rue de l'Abbaye 55, Villers-la-ville 1495, Belgium
+32 71 88 09 80
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Impressive medieval site.

Ruins of the Abbey of Villers (Wallonia - Belgium). Founded in 1146 AD. Destroyed in the 18th... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
peetersr
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Gingelom, Belgium
Beauty in Ruins

It was perfect weather for exploring outside. We decided last minute to see the Abbey and it was... read more

Reviewed 23 April 2018
Meowlissa13
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Grafenwohr, Germany
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Villers Abbey (abbaye de Villers) is an ancient Cistercian abbey located near the town of Villers-la-Ville, 50 minutes from Brussels. Founded in 1146, the abbey was abandoned in 1796. Most of the site has since fallen into ruins.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Rue de l'Abbaye 55, Villers-la-ville 1495, Belgium
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+32 71 88 09 80
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Ruins of the Abbey of Villers (Wallonia - Belgium). Founded in 1146 AD. Destroyed in the 18th century courtesy of the Austrians and our French neighbors. Vegetation and rain did the rest... The Abbey fell into ruins. And then the Belgian railroad company tried to...More

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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

It was perfect weather for exploring outside. We decided last minute to see the Abbey and it was the perfect ending to our long weekend! Large area with beautiful structures and vantage points for pictures. Good gift shop, tasty beer and a lasting memory of...More

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

This is my favorite spot in Belgium. Monks settled here in the 13th century and buildings were destroyed and added as the years went by. It's a wonderful spot to ramble around and places that were previously closed have been renovated and opened for rambling....More

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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

We found this by accident in an internet search and we loved it, what a beautiful piece of history. Nice displays and there was a Leonardi DaVinci exhibit with models of some of his machines that was a bonus

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Beautiful site even for a familial leisure than for the different show, each season. Pay attention for parking when show, but if not, no issue- great country site around to walk or bicycle.

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Reviewed 30 November 2017

Wonderful ruined abbey away from the city. While driving in Belgium was something of a chore, our ability to reach a place like this made it worthwhile. You have free run of the grounds and ruined buildings, including the second floor of some. An incredible...More

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

The ruined of this old Abbey have been well restored and made accessible. It is a wonderful place to visit especially on a sunny summer day. At times there are concerts given on the premises of the abbey, which would be a splendid opportunity to...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

this is an 11th century Abbey that is in the process of being restored. the gardens are beautiful and there is a park that you can have a picnic on the grounds. this is a full day trip, lots of walking and exploring within the...More

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

The abbaye is not far from Brussels (around 40 min by car- by train you have to go to Ottignes and there take another train - that departs every two hours). Normally, the second saturday of the month (you have to check in advance as...More

Thank Laura J
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

We were taken by friends who live quite near to the Abbey. They knew it well and thought we would enjoy it. We did. It is magnificent. I believe there are audio guides which can be hired and iPads which can also be hired to...More

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