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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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A marvelous place to visit. The best in Europe, said from someone visited many, many ruins of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
thedutch00
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Waterloo, Belgium
Atmospheric and well documented ruins

The Cistercian abbey of Villers was founded in 1146 and flourished particularly in the thirteenth... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2017
Iweinvanaalst
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Herentals, Antwerpen, 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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  • Very good32%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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Rue de l'Abbaye 55, Villers-la-ville 1495, Belgium
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A marvelous place to visit. The best in Europe, said from someone visited many, many ruins of cathedrals and monasteries all over the world. Fantastic place for photography and almost unreal silence and relaxation.

Thank thedutch00
Reviewed 26 April 2017

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...More

Thank Iweinvanaalst
Reviewed 21 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...More

Thank Richard-Julie_K
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...More

Thank LKNisbet
Reviewed 12 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

Thank malgosiamatusiewicz
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...More

2  Thank SR006
Reviewed 31 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...More

Thank Tikhon-Chicago
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...More

Thank Eur0peangl0betr0tter
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...More

Thank Jonathan S
Reviewed 16 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...More

Thank Jotelet
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