Val-Dieu Abbey/Abbaye du Val-Dieu

L’abbaye Notre-Dame du Val-Dieu (Valley of God) was founded in 1216 by Cistercian monks. I think that it is interesting to mention that this valley was once called ‘Valley of the Devil’ and was renamed by the monks to Valley of God. Continue reading

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Maria Laach Abbey

I found the Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach in a ranking of the 10 most beautiful monasteries in Germany. I consider this type of ranking quite relative when it comes to a land with such a large territory like Germany. The number of 10 for any kind of objects could not be reliable. In my view, a list of upwards of 30 positions could be a bit more representative and real. And yet, the abbey church of Maria Laach is considered to be one of the most beautiful Romanesque buildings on German territory.

And yet, the Abbey Church of Maria Laach is considered to be one of the most beautiful Romanesque buildings on German territory. Continue reading

Orval

A legend tells that Countess Mathilda of Tuscany dropped her wedding ring in the water while she was sitting on the edge of a fountain. After a long and fruitless search, she prayed to God and a trout emerged from the water with her ring in its mouth. (Today this is the symbol and coat of arms of the abbey). The Countess exclaimed: „Truly, this place is a Val d’Or“ (Val d’Or translated from the French means Golden Valley). And to express her gratitude, she decided to build a monastery on the spot.

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