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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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Beautiful place to visit

The abbaye is not far from Brussels (around 40 min by car- by train you have to go to Ottignes and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Laura J
Brussels, Belgium
A stunning place to visit

We were taken by friends who live quite near to the Abbey. They knew it well and thought we would... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Michael P
Epsom, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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Rue de l'Abbaye 55, Villers-la-ville 1495, Belgium
+32 71 88 09 80
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Reviewed yesterday

The abbaye is not far from Brussels (around 40 min by car- by train you have to go to Ottignes and there take another train - that departs every two hours). Normally, the second saturday of the month (you have to check in advance as...More

Thank Laura J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were taken by friends who live quite near to the Abbey. They knew it well and thought we would enjoy it. We did. It is magnificent. I believe there are audio guides which can be hired and iPads which can also be hired to...More

Thank Michael P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are looking for a different walk with a quiet and a special atmosphere then go for a walk to the ruins of Villers la Ville ... you will not be disappointed!

Thank Stephan M
Reviewed 3 June 2017

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.

1  Thank thedutch00
Reviewed 25 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 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...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 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

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 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...More

Thank Tikhon-Chicago
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