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La Cambre Abbey

Local name: Abbaye de la Cambre

Abbaye de la Cambre is a former female Cistercian abbey, founded around 1196. The religious congregation survived here until the French Revolution. The current building dates from the 18th century. The carefully restored gardens of Abbaye de la Cambre are a popular recreational area. The place is ideal for walks, picnics and various forms of outdoor activities.

The abbey has been destroyed many times over the centuries - by the army, Protestants, and fires. In the 18th century, they were rebuilt in the French style. At that time, extensive gardens with ponds and a central courtyard were created. After the dissolution of the religious congregation in 1789, the abbey housed, among others: a hospital, a cotton factory, and a military academy.

In the monastery church, Saint. Bonifacy from Brussels (1182-1260) who spent the last 18 years of his life at Abbaye de la Cambre. In the temple you can also see the unique painting of Aelbrecht Bouts (1452-1549) "Mocking of Christ".

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Abbaye de la Cambre 1050 Brussels, Belgium