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Abbaye de Villers

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Address: Rue de l'Abbaye 55, Villers-la-ville 1495, Belgium
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+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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Atmospheric and well documented ruins

The Cistercian abbey of Villers was founded in 1146 and flourished particularly in the thirteenth (first golden age) and eighteenth (second golden age) century. The complex was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Herentals, Antwerpen, Belgium
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Herentals, Antwerpen, Belgium
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Cistercian abbey of Villers was founded in 1146 and flourished particularly in the thirteenth (first golden age) and eighteenth (second golden age) century. The complex was sacked in 1789 and 1794 before permanent abandonment in 1796. The visit starts with a small museum with touch screens and a scale model. Next up you can discover the ruins with the... More 

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Offers plenty of photogenic opportunities, but was full of school kids running around jumping on/off of stones and whatnot. Also more propped than Rievaulx with signs everywhere, not as raw as the abbey we saw in the UK. Still it was easier to reach. The service attendants were well knowledged and friendly also.

Thank Richard-Julie_K
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

I went with my 3 year old at the end of the Carnaval holidays and was really happy to find the entrance and access to the abbey so pushchair friendly. We had a lovely afternoon and were lucky to watch the end of some Carnaval holiday activities. It was cold when we went but we'll be back in the summer... More 

Thank LKNisbet
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Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Read about it. Saw pictures. But all was nothing to compare with the real thing. What's left of this place is just breathtaking. Takes a while to go through . Place closes at 5pm

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

Stunning and atmospheric ruins, and recently a lot of work has been done to make them more visitor-friendly. First, there are very useful brief information boards (in French, Dutch, German and English) and occasional artist’s impressions of what the interior or exterior of buildings would have looked like when they were in use, which help to bring the places to... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Feel ashamed that it took us 14 years to come here... Easy to park, almost for free and a great 2 hour exploration site near Wavre & LLN. Full mobility access, easy to navigate and fast learning curve. Especially splendid views in early autumn (like now). A must when you are tired of typical Brussels spots with crowds included. The... More 

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Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

We saw it twice, yesterday the last time and previously 2 years ago. The visit path has been renovated and the mixture of modern intervention (lifts, visual explanations, computers) with the old abbey is perfectly harmonized. And after....traditional beer in the restaurant behind the entrance building. The garden is already splendid but in course of renovation

Thank Eur0peangl0betr0tter
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Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

One of the most serene and beautiful places I have ever seen. The ruins of this ancient abbey are stunning and well kept. Everywhere you turn there is something beautiful to see--endless photo opportunities. The beer made at the Abbey is very good as well and I suggest a stop at either the restaurant on site or the restaurant across... More 

Thank Jonathan S
Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

Not so far from Brussels, the ruins of the cistercian Abbey of Villers-la-Ville lies in a lovely valley. The abbey might be in ruins, but the sight is amazingly beautiful and haunting. You will start near by the old windmill, climb up and cross the road through a newly built bridge with a great view from above. You will then... More 

Thank Jotelet
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

What beautiful place. We didn't take take a tour guide. Just walked around. Sooo cool. Beautiful architecture.

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