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.
First 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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  • To be seen at least once in his life. Beautiful setting Don't forget to enjoy an orval accompanied by its traditional Orval cheese spread
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  • Beautiful, I'm a pity that not everything is visitable, but it's normal for the monks who live there
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  • Really very special place! Very beautiful ruins! The whole tour is done in a very pleasant way and tells a great story. I have visited some abbeys in Belgium, but I must confess that I was really impressed by this one. I understand why the people who live nearby, come back often.
  • Very impressive abbey with most interesting history and a very popular brewery on site. The monks started the brewery to help fund the maintenance & renovations of the abbey. Very worthwhile stop.
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