Orval Abbey

  • Orval Abbey
  • Orval Abbey
  • Orval Abbey
  • Orval Abbey
  • Orval Abbey
  • Orval Abbey
  • Orval Abbey
  • Orval Abbey
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A Cistercian monastery and home to one of the world’s 11 Trappist breweries
Enter this thousand-year-old abbey to discover a historic site, art collections, and a famous Trappist beer in one of the most beautiful regions of Belgium: the Ardennes.

Founded in 1132, Orval Abbey is one of the most remarkable Cistercian abbeys in Belgium. Hidden in a valley, it is still home to a community of monks who invite you to discover their estate.

This abbey can be discovered in many ways: you can visit the ruins that survived the destruction of the monastery during the French Revolution and the abbey as it was rebuilt in 1926, admire the pictorial production of Brother Abraham, a famous 18th-century painter, and visit the three parts of the monastic museum: one dedicated to the architecture of the abbey through time, one devoted to the steel industry, and one titled Sacred Art.

In the garden of medicinal plants, observe a tradition that goes back to the Middle Ages: the distribution of plants according to their usefulness.

After all these discoveries, you deserve a break! Use it to try Orval, the Trappist beer recognized and prized by all lovers of hops, which is brewed within the walls of the abbey. A tour of the facilities is also possible, not forgetting the opportunity to taste Orval Abbey cheese with its unctuous uncooked paste, made from pasteurized whole milk from the Gaume region.
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