The Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren, Westvleteren

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Saint-Sixtus Abbey of Westvleteren, which belongs to the Cistercians of Strict Observance, or Trappists, is a Roman Catholic abbey located in Westvleteren, in the Belgian Province of West Flanders. The abbey is famous for its spiritual life, characterised by prayer, reading, and manual work, the three basic elements of Trappist life. It has also a reputation for its brewery, one of the several breweries of Trappist beer in Belgium.History9th to 18th centuriesThe earliest traces of a monastic presence at the location of the present day abbey date back to 1260, although the '', which is mentioned in a deed of 806 (from the abbey of Saint-Omer), was probably located in the same area (known at that time as Fletrinio''). From 1260 to 1355 there was a small community of nuns on the side of the Catsberg. That site was abandoned, but between 1610 and 1784 a monastery of the Bridgettines (the Order of the Most Holy Saviour) was located on what is called "Fathers' Corner".19th centuryIn 1831 the hermit Jan-Baptist Victoor was joined by a prior and a few monks in the woods of Saint Sixtus, and this group developed into the later Trappist abbey of Saint Sixtus in Westvleteren. In 1838 the Westvleteren Brewery was founded inside the abbey precinct. In 1839 a primary school was established and in 1840 the old church of the priory was built. In 1850, a group of monks from Westvleteren founded Scourmont Abbey on the barren plateau of Scourmont near Chimay. In 1871 the priory was granted the status of abbey by Pope Pius IX. Between 1875 and 1878 a model farm was developed as an example for the region.
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  • The best beers of the world, simply must discover them even if the process for booking 2 lockers is a bit complicated and it takes a lot of luck but do not get discouraged!
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  • Perfect place for tasting of 3 types of beer manufactured by the monks: Blond, 8 and 12. That's right, they are simple. And complex too. The bar serves various portions, sells souvenirs, goblets, bottles of these beers and everything is beautiful. People who pick up on and used. Suggest going to Ride or taxi (there is hard to find taxi), because with ctza you won't take one.
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  • Here you'll find absolutely the best beer out there! A west-vleteren of 12graden with a slice of bread with pate and cheese! Hmmm the water seems to me already in the mouth! Definitely recommended!
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