Last weekend when driving to the Hallerbos, we stopped over at this abbey.
The Abbey was established in 1146.
Construction began in the 13th century
and was finished before the end of that century.
The abbey's wealth diminished during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Guess they should have brewed more beer.
It was finally abandoned in 1796
during the French Revolution.
In 1893, Belgium purchased the property.
It's now an official historic site.
According to their handout, extensive restoration has taken place.
And it's now home to these little mallards.
Abbaye de Villers