Orval Abbey – Belgium


Orval Abbey is a Cistercian monastery
 founded in 1132 in the Gaume region of Belgium.
The abbey is well-known for its history and spiritual life 
but also for its local production
 of a Trappist beer and cheese.

 

In the Middle Ages, Saint Arnold convinced locals 

to drink beer instead of water
 during the times of the dark plague.
As beer was boiled in water wasn’t, 
this so-called cure worked.
Beer became an every day
drink – a “liquid bread”
to supplement an otherwise meagre diet.
We have tasted the beer and approved of it!
Orval Abbey website.
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51 thoughts on “Orval Abbey – Belgium

  1. WELL, I'm convinced… FROM TODAY JUST DRINKING BEER!

    THANKS FOR INFORMATION.

    JOPZ

    P.S. nice shots, i like the roof. looks a nice place to make a terror “B” movie.

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  2. The kind of place I love! i'm not a beer drinker, but i'm sure a lot of men would agree with this idea of a beer every day for a better health! :))

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  3. A Cistercian monastery founded in 1132, that's amazing. Such dates and places impress me, because Canada is such a young country. We might have trees that old, but no buildings.
    Your photographs are wonderful, and they make me anxious to see Belgium and also your beautiful Luxembourg.

    Kay, Alberta

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  4. Thank you for these wonderful photos and this interesting information! In the middle ages even children drank beer, for the rivers were polluted, because they were used for everything and even as open sewers.

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  5. A fantastic series of a truly beautiful place! I would love to wander about there for a couple of days…and it's so old.

    Your photos are superb as usual!

    And thank you for giving me one more reason to drink beer: avoid the plague! 😉

    Leia: The post you mentioned was from about a week ago … maybe something got goofed up – I closed down The Villages DP and Cedar Key DP and imported them into Florida Fotos. Neither the Villages or Cedar Key will be active again…it all got to be too much.

    Hugs to you and Cezar, too.

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  6. I imagine the beer is quite strong and has a lot of flavor. It's mind boggling to think this was founded in 1132. The building are extraordinary.

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  7. Superb post, gorgeous photos and fascinating history, as always! And as always, I love it all!! Hope you have a great week!

    Sylvia

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  8. So unique and so very interesting.

    You do come with the most arousing posts and hold up our attention, seeking for more each week from you 🙂

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  9. I am not so sure my boss will like it very much if I turn up with beer in my bottles instead of water. And I doubt my passengers will stay on the bus if they saw me gulping the stuff down.

    Now, if there's a good party going on…

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  10. Such a beautiful and atmospheric place. Looks like great trip destination!
    Good night dear friend:)
    Hugs
    Joo

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  11. Beautiful photos of such an old building! 1132 that is so…long ago. but it is such a strong solid structure. I don't think I would like to drink beer in place of water, but I guess it was a matter of survival. Lovely post.
    ~Dianne~

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  12. Everything looks so clean and beautiful. What interesting facts about beer. I've heard that a couple a day are good for your heart…works for me. 🙂

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  13. The expression “liquid bread” is just wonderful! And I love that shot of the street from the stone doorway 😀

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  14. I grew up in a new country Sarawak, and New Zealand is a new country. I can't imagine looking at such old buildings as yours.

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  15. Your photo makes the Orval Abbey look like a great place to visit. If I every get the the chance to visit, the drinks are on me.

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  16. Well! I think there's a conspiracy in the blogoshpere to fatten me up! And I've just lost ten kilos that I do NOT want back, thank you very much. Both the beer and the cheese… YUM YUM! And so are the monastery and your photos! Great post for O day!

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  17. Graceful photos. Loved the information. I'm a little skeptical about beer protecting you from the plague since the disease wasn't water borne. Maybe that notion was an example of a 12th century advertising campaign. Then again, what do I know? Time to pour me a cool one. Thanks for the enchanting post.

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  18. What a wonderful post. Your photographs are always so great and I love the places you show us. I've been out of town so I'm catching up on the blogs.

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  19. I wonder why we don't have a Saint Arnold nearby… Great pictures as always and a sad story with an almost happy ending!

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  20. Wow! It is so encouraging to read posts like yours – truly inspirational and so creative – a real ABC follower!
    Thanks so much for contributing such a well thought out post. I really appreciate the hard work and thinking behind it.

    Denise
    ABC Team

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  21. “Medicinal” beer! 😉 Beautiful abbey and grounds.

    ~Lindy
    (I'm using my Google profile ID today instead of OpenID…just testing it.)

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