Notre-Dame de Leffe Abbey

Dinant, Belgium

The abbey of Leffe was founded in 1152 on the river Meuse in southern Belgium. Like many monasteries across Europe, the Premonstratensian (Norbertine) canons of the abbey brewed ale, starting in 1240. Using knowledge passed from generation to generation and ingredients found in the wild near the abbey, the canons developed a unique ale with a subtle taste and high alcohol content, brewed only at the abbey.

The abbey has been damaged by both natural and human circumstances over the years: it was destroyed by a flood in 1460, a fire swept through the settlement in 1466, billeted troops damaged the brewery in 1735, and the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1794 resulted in it being abandoned and the brewery destroyed. The canons returned in 1902.

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Founded: 1152
Category: Religious sites in Belgium

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www.abbaye-de-leffe.be

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Md Tawhid Hossain (2 years ago)
What a lovely place!!
Luc Brands (2 years ago)
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Stefano Lisi (Ste) (3 years ago)
Beautiful church, but be aware that this is not the Leffe brewery and there are only restricted times for visits and to be booked!
Chiel Bloos (3 years ago)
A very peaceful place. Recommend to experience it yourself...
Philip Van Ootegem (3 years ago)
I am biassed. I spent two summers here writing my master's paper, 40 years back. But 40 years is nothing compared to the age of the abbey building. The monks are friendly, hospitable and always prepared listen. The only reason why I gave 4 stars and not five,is the location. The abbey is on the outskirts of a small village waiting for you to be discoveted
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