Abbaye d'Orval, Florenvill

Orval Abbey is a Cistercian monastery founded in 1132 in the Gaume region of Belgium and is located in Villers-devant-Orval, part of Florenville in the province of Luxembourg. The abbey is well known for its history and spiritual life but also for its local production of the Trappist beer Orval and a specific cheese.HistoryFirst foundationThe site has been occupied since the Merovingian period, and there is evidence that there was already a chapel here in the 10th century. In 1070, a group of Benedictine monks from Calabria settled here, at the invitation of Arnould, Count of Chiny, and began construction of a church and a monastery, but after some forty years, possibly because of the death of Count Arnould, they moved away again. They were replaced by a community of Canons Regular, who completed the construction work: the abbey church was consecrated on 30 September 1124.In 1132, a group of Cistercian monks from Trois-Fontaines Abbey in Champagne arrived, and the two groups formed a single community within the Cistercian Order, under the first abbot, Constantin.
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  • Trappist abbeys tour, this is the one with a note payable to visit the remains of the ancient complex, interactive part on the production of beer and various open spaces. In the shop/ticket office you can buy beers and cheeses made by Trappist monks. However the place is really impressive and worth the 6 euros of expenditure.
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  • Visit nice and inexpensive. You learn a lot about how to BREW beers (they also cheese), which are incidentally very good, and on the life of the monks in the Abbey. Too bad that the "new Abbey" is not accessible to visitors, but still worth a visit.
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  • The price of entry to the Abbey with its ruins and exhibitions is €6 per adult. The environment is beautiful, especially in autumn with colorful trees. Store a maximum of 4 boxes of 10 beers can be bought with a drink per person.
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  • Breathtaking Abbey and grounds. Amazing views and sights no matter where you were. The weather on our visit wasn’t ideal, however the Abbey made up for it! The location can be a bit tricky to get to without a care, but we managed via train from Brussels. I can not recommend this place enough! I will definitely return the next chance I get!
  • Beautiful place! The weather was gorgeous when we visited and the walk through the abbey ruins is a very unique one. Not to mention the local Trappist beer that you can buy to bring home. 5 stars.
  • Great visit. Wonderful ruins which you can walk through at your leisure. Inexpensive visit. Movie available on site.
  • Went here on our honeymoon in 1998, and plan to return for our 20th anniversary. Quiet, peaceful, deeply spiritual. Then there's the beer...
  • It's like travling back in time. The space is packed with nostalgia a most go if near by.
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