The Beautiful Ruins of Abbaye de Villers-la-Ville

The Abbey of Villers-la-Ville is on Rue de l’Abbaye 56, in the city of Villers-la-Ville, province of Walloon Brabant, Belgium.

The Abbaye of Villers-la-Ville was a Cistercian Monastery founded in 1146. The monastery was completed in the 13th century, around 1220, and had 100 monks and 300 lay brothers in its prime.

The Abbaye de Villers-la-Ville was dissolved in 1796 and the buildings continued to serve as a quarry. By the 19th century, a railway line was built through the grounds of the former kloster. Restorations to the convent began in 1893 and were never full completed. The Abbaye Villers-la-Ville are the largest ruins of a monastery in Belgium!

Where are the abandoned ruins of Abbaye de Villers located? You can find it with these coordinates. 50.59077,4.529939.

All images used under Creative Commons License Attribution Non commercial Share Alike 2.0 Generic. All images by Henri-Jean Siperius / Flickr / hj_siperius.

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