The Abbeys Trail
Credit : Laëtis, reportages 2012
In the early Middle Ages, the Ardennes Forest was an inhospitable region of wild beauty that offered an ideal place for solitude and reflection to hermits and monks. Abbeys were founded in the most inaccessible valleys, such as Saint-Hubert, Orval and Elan, or on the banks of magnificent rivers, such as Laval-Dieu and Hastière. The monks felled trees and drained marshland, bringing daylight flooding into the forest. The uncultivated land of the Ardennes would be mastered just like the souls of its inhabitants would be converted. The abbeys would completely change the Ardennes and their influence would spread far and wide over many centuries.
max. 557 m
min. 92 m
Altimetric profile Starting point
Rue de Thibeauroche
Lat : 49.7976 Lng : 5.20479
On the fringes of the Gaume, the warm limestone colour of the Cistercian...
1 Orval 6823 Orval
Lat : 49.6388 Lng : 5.34828
The abbey church
This abbey church with its Gothic interior dotted with Renaissance...
1 Place de l'Abbaye 6870 Saint-Hubert
Lat : 50.026 Lng : 5.37368
The Cistercian abbey
Could the forest of the Ardennes also be ‘this wilderness’ usually...
2 Route de Saint-Roger 08160 Élan
Lat : 49.6638 Lng : 4.7566
The Carthusian Monastery
Here, at the heart of a lost valley, stand a few scattered buildings:...
Le Château 08390 Le Mont-Dieu
Lat : 49.5474 Lng : 4.86583
Late 12th century… Culture, confined within the abbeys, such as the...
5-11 Rue du Colombier 08210 Mouzon
Lat : 49.6055 Lng : 5.07572
Saint Walfroy’s Hermitage
The Sylvia Arduina may be untamed and inhospitable, but it nevertheless...
1 route de st Walfroy 08370 Margut
Lat : 49.5844 Lng : 5.26444
Seventeen monks came from Flanders, from Westvleteren Abbey, where...
Abbaye de Scourmont 6464 Chimay
Lat : 49.9835 Lng : 4.34183
Maredsous - The abbey
Maredsous Abbey has shone forth at the heart of the Molignée valley...
11 Rue de Maredsous 5537 ANHEE
Lat : 50.3049 Lng : 4.76103
The castle of princes
Relive over a thousand years of history, revealed by an interactive,...
rue du Château 6460 Chimay
Lat : 50.049 Lng : 4.3144
Saint Maternus’ Basilica
This Gothic church, granted the status of a major Walloon heritage...
12 Rue de la Basilique 5650 WALCOURT
Lat : 50.2513 Lng : 4.43255
La Vitrine des Ardennes
22-24 place Ducale
08107 Charleville-Mézières cedex
24 Arcades place Ducale 08000 Charleville-mezieres
Lat : 49.774 Lng : 4.72092