Travels in Belgium: Orval (June 4, 2014)

Orval Monastery

Attractions:

  • Abbey

Orval is the home of a 12th-century Cistercian monastery that was established based on a legend; Countess Matilde of Tuscany had dropped her ring into a fountain and a trout rose to surface bearing the ring, to which she exclaimed, “Truly this place is a Val d’Or!”.

Orval Monastery

The Cistercian monks are self-sufficient; they brew beer, make cheese, and gather wood from the surrounding forests. According to their beliefs, they live a celibate and secluded lifestyle, allowing for continual prayer and harmony with natural surroundings.

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