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    Default Aulne Abbey, Charleroi, Belgium, April 2018


    1. The History
    Aulne Abbey was a Cistercian monastery between Thuin and Landelies on the Sambre in the Bishopric of Liège in Belgium. Originally ia Benedictine monastery, it was founded by Saint Landelinus around 637. Before 974 the Benedictines were replaced by secular clerics leading a common life, who, however, embraced the Rule of St. Augustine in 1144.

    At the instance of Henry de Leyen, Bishop of Liège, it came into the hands of Cistercian monks from Clairvaux in 1147, under Franco de Morvaux as its first Cistercian abbot. From that time onwards it flourished as a Cistercian monastery.

    The Abbaye d’Aulne alternated between periods of splendour and decadence until 1794, when it was badly damaged by French revolutionary troops who burned it. The library, which contained 40,000 books and 5,000 manuscripts, was also destroyed. In 1859 when the last monk died, the Monastery was abandoned and turned into a hospice. In 2006, the Abbey became property of Wallonia as a historic monument.

    2. The Explore
    While the lion’s share of the monastery is open to the public, a large swathe is not and in a derelict state. There are also a number of outlaying sites that are also too in a state of disrepair. All-in-all plenty to see here and a very enjoyable half hour mooch.

    3. The Pictures

    The main abbey:

    img6830 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The old part of the monastery not open to the public:

    img6842 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    The nearby mill house:

    img6832 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6814 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    ..and mill wheel:

    img6835 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And another house nearby:

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    I don't think I've ever seen a red brick monastery before, seems really odd to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    I don't think I've ever seen a red brick monastery before, seems really odd to me!
    Actually...now you mention it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    I don't think I've ever seen a red brick monastery before, seems really odd to me!
    Yes, it's a bit of a bugger when you don't have good quality stone that can be quarried - nearest good quality stuff isn't even Belgian - Caen in France. But then they did have plenty of clay! The dissolution of the Monasteries put paid to the introduction of brickwork in this class of building in England. There are examples of Tudor brickwork in other types of buildings in England that are just superb.

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