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.
Religious heritage : ABBEY OF VILLERS-LA-VILLE
by Sandra Vermeulen April. 22, 2009 4577 views