Religious heritage : ABBEY OF VILLERS-LA-VILLE

by Sandra Vermeulen April. 22, 2009 4577 views

The Cistercian Abbey of Villers-la-Ville, which is now in ruins, was founded in 1146 under the impetus of Saint Bernard. This is one of the historical and sightseeing highlights of Wallonia. The building itself is a perfect example of Cistercian architecture. It has all the unadorned simplicity and the standard layout of the monasteries of that particular order. The abbey has a long history. Eight centuries have marked this monument whose main interest lies no doubt in the diversity of architectural styles which are difficult to find in such perfect harmony in the same place. The complex was usually built in the Romanesque style (in particular, a few buildings such as the hôtellerie and the mill), while the other buildings were fashioned in all the splendour of the Gothic style.

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Marilyn Grimble 8 years, 5 months ago

Magnifcent!! You put mine to shame.
But clearly attracted by the same areas.

8 years, 5 months ago Edited
Sara G 12 years, 3 months ago

Awesome photos of this magnificent building! Love #16 and 18 most I think :-)

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Mehdi Saharkhiz 12 years, 3 months ago

beautiful

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Christa 12 years, 3 months ago

These images are w o n d e r f u l. My congrats

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Mike 12 years, 3 months ago

Very beautiful post!!
:-)

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Yokai - 12 years, 3 months ago

Really romantic and beautiful!
I'd like to go there some day!

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Lucia 12 years, 3 months ago

very beautifull shots..you captured all the details

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Pedro 12 years, 3 months ago

There has been worth it this walk along your blog...

Kisses.

:-)

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Asylum 12 years, 3 months ago

simply nice historical set!

awesome!

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jarvo J 12 years, 3 months ago

Another nice set. I must say though that number 10 is a bit odd for me try looking at it and gently scrolling up and down. When I do this the two round windows look like eyes staring back at me.

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Piyali 12 years, 3 months ago

This is why I envy you now--great capture and I hope to see more of your wonderful posts depicting history--can't help mentioning that as I was going through your post it caught the attention of quite a few people--:)

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Ricardo 12 years, 3 months ago

wow
Stunning pics sandra!!!:):)

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Neil Rosenberger 12 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures and a neat history lesson. cd

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jennye 12 years, 3 months ago

Fantastic shots Sandra!!

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Nacho Fernández 12 years, 3 months ago

WOW !!! I want to be there !!
I'm charmed with the place (and with your shots, of course)
Great set
#9 to my favorites !!

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Susan Jane 12 years, 3 months ago

Fabulous. Its so wonderful to see this, and to see it again through another lens! Wonderfulr wonderful shots!

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Molleke 12 years, 3 months ago

prachtige fotos , leuke lokatie !!!!

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Brian 12 years, 3 months ago

Very beautiful set. I would love to spend the day at this place. Well done.

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Netii 12 years, 3 months ago

very nice, I like very much old ruins , thay are so mistery and yours photos show it :) wonderful!

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 12 years, 3 months ago

Hugo didn't say anything about this place, which is a shame. It's beautiful, as you have so ably demonstrated. Well done.

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Finbarr 12 years, 3 months ago

stunning work!!

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
Xabolcs 12 years, 3 months ago

Very beautiful photos, and interesting description...

12 years, 3 months ago Edited
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