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Orval's Monastery Store and the Ruins of the Old Monastery (B)


The Monastery Store

Orval's Monastery Store sells primarily its own products: beer from Orval and cheese from Orval. There you will find various gift boxes containing Orval's Trappist beer with its own special glass, as well as the very special exclusive cheeses from Orval: the Old Cheese and the Cheese with Orval's beer.

The Monastery Store also offers a diverse range of monastic products, with special attention given to the biscuits of the Trappistines of Clairefontaine Abbey and the mushrooms produced by the Trappistines of Brialmont Abbey.

Those who visit the ruins and the museum will have an opportunity to purchase numerous souvenirs:  postcards, history books, and brochures.

Orval’s Monastery Store is also a religious store offering a wide variety of medals, statues, crucifixes and, most especially, a significant collection of books about the Bible, catechetics, contemporary and monastic spirituality, theological debate, poetry and art, as well as books suitable for gifts.

Parking is available nearby.
Accessible for persons with limited mobility.
No mail orders will be accepted.  No orders via internet or e-mail either.
Closed each year during the second week of January.

Opening hours:

  • Summer (June - September):  9:30 AM to 6:30 PM  
  • In-between months:  9:30 AM to 6:00 PM  
  • Winter (November - February) Monday through Friday 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM;  Saturday and Sunday:  10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
     

Visiting the ruins of the old monastery

A visit to the ruins of the old Cistercian monastery opens up a world with an exciting history and its own special beauty, embedded in the valley where the Matilda Spring takes its rise.  The visit begins with a twenty-minute audio-visual presentation about the history of the Abbey and monastic life.  The tour which follows gives you a chance to discover the medieval and eighteenth-century ruins.  The ruins of the Gothic church rise up out of the beautiful green landscape around the Matilda Fountain.  The rosette on the left arm of the transept and the Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance capitals are especially worth noting.  The grave of Wenceslas, the first duke of Luxemburg, is in the choir.  The apse was built in the seventeenth century, when the original flat Cistercian apse was deemed too small.  Then you can visit the monastery which was re-built in the fourteenth century, and the cellars which date from the eighteenth century.  These cellars house numerous collections of art works and objects of historical value, notably objects related to Orval’s old forge, art works by the painter Abraham Gilson, and original liturgical art works.  And finally, on the other side of a garden planted with medicinal herbs, is the reconstruction of the monastery’s eighteenth-century dispensary. As for the skills of brewing beer Orval, it is revealed in the only medieval building not destroyed during the Revolution: the Common Abraham.

Opening hours:  

  • Winter (November - February):  10:30 AM to 5:30 PM  
  • In-between months:  9:30 AM to 6:30 PM  
  • Summer (June - September):  9:30 AM to 6:30 PM

In July and August, there are guided tours every afternoon;  in September, only on Sunday afternoons.  The guided tours begin with the audio-visual presentation and last about one hour.

Scheduled guided tours:  

  • French-speaking:  1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:30 PM, and 5:30 PM.  
  • Flemish/Dutch-speaking:  2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM, and 5:00 PM.

The entire guided tour is wheel-chair friendly.

For further information: 
Orval Abbey
B-6823 Villers-devant-Orval
ruines@orval.be
tél +32 (0) 61 31 10 60
fax +32 (0) 61 32 51 46

www.orval.be