Sunset at the Abbey

Posted: July 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

jessinbelgium

Before the EuroCup final started tonight, I went for an evening walk to one of my favorite spots in Brussels: the Abbaye de la Cambre. At the end of Avenue Louise and at the bottom of Rue de l’Aurore, this is a calm place in an otherwise hectic city.

Founded in 1201, slightly crumbling, not perfectly cared for and with more than a flaw or two, it is a charming spot. The Abbey itself is rarely open, though if you go on a Saturday or Sunday you can sometimes duck in for a glimpse of the intimate Gothic interior before a wedding takes place. (Tell-tale flower petals always trail around the entrance afterwards.)

St Boniface, namesake of one of the most popular squares for expats in town, lived at the Abbey for 18 years and is buried in the church. Severely damaged in several wars, the Abbey we see now…

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