Collected by Laurie Miller
Largo Infante Dom Henrique, 2440 Batalha, Portugal
One of the most popular side trips from Lisbon is Batalha. When most people say they went to Batalha they refer to the Battle Abbey of Santa Maria da Vitoria. This magnificent church with its convent, cloisters, and unfinished chapels is one of...
1495 Villers-la-Ville, Belgium
In 1146 a dozen monks and some lay brothers, with the blessings of St Bernard (not the dog!) headed to what is now Belgium and founded the abbey. It had been neglected and then revitalized during its second golden age in the 1800s where some of...
Admont 1, 8911 Admont, Austria
Stift Admont is so much more than a Benedictine monastery. Often called the eighth wonder of the world, Admont has a history of great artistic productivity, serves as an impressive exhibition space, and houses the largest monastery library in the...
Sankt-Peter-Bezirk 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Explore St. Peter’s Monastery as a spot where once the old monks used to walk. Step into history and feel like you’re being transferred into the oldest community of monks on German-speaking soil. Do not miss taking a closer look at St. Peter’s...
Outside the village of La Flotte, off the eastern shore of Ile de Ré, lies the ruins of an old Cistercian abbey. Once revered as a place of pilgrimage, the Hundred Year War and Wars of Religions lead to its abandonment in the 17th century. Many of...
Stiftsplatz 1, 3400 Klosterneuburg, Austria
The past and the present collide at Klosterneuburg Abbey. On the one hand, the monestary's opulent baroque architecture takes you back into a more majestic time, allowing you to immerse yourself in the traditions and culture of Austria's spiritual...
2bis Place Saint-Germain, 89000 Auxerre, France
You know Paris. You know Beaune. But do you know anything about Auxerre? Auxerre is a small town that resides directly in between the two aforementioned cities, and it's filled with a few cultural treasures. One such find is the Abbey of Saint...
Kloster Einsiedeln, 8840 Einsiedeln, Switzerland
The town of Einsiedeln, 35 minutes away from Zurich is an interesting stop on a day trip. The town is home to the Abbey of Eindsiedeln, a Benedictine monastery. In addition to its beautiful architecture, the abbey has its own stables, lumber mill,...
Bath BA1 1LT, UK
Wherever you are in Europe, you're never far from a cathedral with hundreds of steps leading to a church tower boasting sweeping views of whatever city or town lies beneath. Bath Abbey is one of those cathedrals, but its 212 stairs are worth every...
Rue de l'Abbaye 55, 1495 Villers-la-Ville, Belgium
Most people know some of Belgium's best beer is brewed by monks in abbeys. These abbeys are still active and thriving. However there are many ruined abbeys dotting the countryside. Villers Abbey is one of the most beautiful and atmospheric. The...
20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA, UK
William and Kate’s wedding brought a 21st-century focus to this 700-year-old abbey, which is built on the same spot as a Benedictine monastery enlarged by Edward the Confessor in the 1040s. The site of every coronation since 1066, it boasts...
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