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Abbaye de Villers

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Address: Rue de l'Abbaye 55, Villers-la-ville 1495, Belgium
Phone Number:
+32 71 88 09 80
10:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Villers Abbey (abbaye de Villers) is an ancient Cistercian abbey located...

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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A Wonderful Place

My wife and I visited on a Sunday afternoon. This is a beautiful place that is peaceful and relaxing. My wife loves to take photos and 500 plus photos later, she is sure she... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2014
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40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2014

My wife and I visited on a Sunday afternoon. This is a beautiful place that is peaceful and relaxing. My wife loves to take photos and 500 plus photos later, she is sure she needs to go back! This is an ideal spot to spend the day, pack a lunch, bring the family and enjoy the mix of ancient ruins... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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1 review
Reviewed 30 March 2014

Extremly beautifull place! It's worth to be seen. So quiet and peacefull, large area to explore, good place to relax

Thank Angel Z
Brussels, Belgium
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2014

These abbey ruins made for a beautiful stroll on a shiny day. There is a large car park in front of the abbey ("Avenue Georges Speechaerts"). The entry fee is 6 euros (adult). They organise a game in march: the QR Code game: a thief has robbed an artifact: to catch him you will have to search every nook and... More 

Thank Baalinooo
Ferrara, Italy
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53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2014

I love the Abbaye de Villers la Ville. I have been several times and always find it to be a beautiful, peaceful place. I can still feel the spirituality and the history of this absolutely fascinating place every time I visit it..

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Saint Folquin, France
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41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2013

Decided to go here for the photography opportunities. It was breathtakingly beautiful! Very quiet and peaceful. A large area to explore as well. The only downside was a rather large group doing a sort of role playing game with foam swords and the like - they weren't too loud or anything, they were just everywhere! A bit fun to watch,... More 

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Villers-la-Ville, Belgium
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82 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2013

This really is a magnificent site to visit - especially in the Summer. It was a Cistercian monastery, is over 850 years old and is set in +36 hectares of grounds. In its day it must have been magnificent and I imagine, like a small town! The road into the town of Villers-la-Ville from Brussels and Waterloo, used to run... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2013

Went there from Brussels by car. It took us a little less than an hour. We went through the visitors center first where you can also buy cards and other small stuffs. Paid the 6 euros fee and proceeded to explore this wonderfully preserved ruins. It was pleasantly surprising to see how they manage to keep the place neat and... More 

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Birkerod, Denmark
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2013

Now, why should one go to visit a ruin, albeit a very big one? Well, not least to meet the locals. It is one of their favorite spots. People go there for a walk and to linger over cup of coffee next o the ruins of what was once a very large monastery. The Abbaye de Villers was founded back... More 

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Alicante, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2013

Se puede pasear entre las ruinas de esta hermosa abadía del siglo XIII. La arquitectura al aire la hace especialmente atractiva. Ruinas, vegetación y paisaje hermoso para pasar unas horas en familia. Hay mesas para hacer picnic y praderas para que los niños y mayores disfruten. Desde luego es imperdonable no llevar cámara de fotos. You can walk among the... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
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41 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2013

These ruins are everything you would expect, plus more. The grounds are so well kept you can almost image what it looked like hundreds of years ago when the abbey was filled with monks and visitors. Make sure your camera is fully charged for all the amazing photo opportunities. This wonderful piece of history is going on our list of... More 

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