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Abbaye de Villers

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A huge, well-organized, historical tour in one stop

The timeline along the upper walk is impressive - read all the "other things happening in the world... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2018
sfinniga
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Glenelg, Maryland
Lovely place for a quiet stroll

My daughter and I visited the Abbey and enjoyed the quiet beauty. It's a lovely place to take... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2018
Katrina B
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Mons, Belgium
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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 3 June 2013

We visited the Abbey on the recommendation of some people who live in Brussels. I cannot believe it isn't more famous. An enormous ruined abbey in a peaceful valley. We took the audio guide in English which was pitched just right - all the important...More

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Reviewed 27 August 2017
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Reviewed 10 October 2018

The timeline along the upper walk is impressive - read all the "other things happening in the world at this time" comments for perspective.

Thank sfinniga
Reviewed 20 August 2018

My daughter and I visited the Abbey and enjoyed the quiet beauty. It's a lovely place to take photos, get some exercise, enjoy a picnic, and learn a bit of history too. There are signs scattered throughout the property describing what different rooms were used...More

Thank Katrina B
Reviewed 29 July 2018

We arrived here and were greeted in English - always a bonus as we Brits speak few other languages. The museum told us about the abbey and its history and then we paid to get a "tablet computer guide" to the grounds. This was an...More

Thank Marie R
Reviewed 21 July 2018

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

Thank Sonja R
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

Thank Dan H
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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