Scourmont Abbey

Chimay, Belgium

Scourmont Abbey is a Trappist monastery famous for its spiritual life, and the Chimay Brewery which it runs, one of the few Trappist breweries.

In 1844, Jean-Baptiste Jourdain, the priest of Virelles, suggested that the wild plateau of Scourmont was a suitable place for a monastery. However, all previous attempts to cultivate the barren plateau had failed. Fr. Jourdain obtained support for the proposed foundation from Prince Joseph II de Chimay, the abbot of Westmalle Abbey and Westvleteren Abbey. Six years later, on 25 July 1850, a small group of monks from Westvleteren settled on Scourmont and founded a priory.

A lot of hard work was required to transform the barren soil of Scourmont into fertile farmland. A farm was created around the monastery, as well as a cheese-making factory and a brewery. On 24 February 1871, Pope Pius IX granted the priory the status of abbey and it was inaugurated on 7 July 1871. The present church of the abbey dates from 1950.

The famous beers and cheeses of Scourmont Abbey are marketed under the trade name of Chimay, after the village where the abbey is located.

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Founded: 1850
Category: Religious sites in Belgium

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Bartek B (8 months ago)
Nice to be in the place where Chimay beer was born. Unfortunately due to covid all except Chapel (quite usual) closed
Poulomi Das (13 months ago)
You can't access most of the abbey . Garden , Chapel and graveyard is accessible. Visit advice if you are in the region . However yhe cafe next to it offers lovely assortment of chimay beer + cheese and also souvenirs.
Poulomi Das (13 months ago)
You can't access most of the abbey . Garden , Chapel and graveyard is accessible. Visit advice if you are in the region . However yhe cafe next to it offers lovely assortment of chimay beer + cheese and also souvenirs.
Spencer Houck (14 months ago)
Stoic church surrounded by beautiful woods and gardens. Open to the public from 630 to 8pm every day. You can only see the interior gardens, cemetary and the church but its worth it. Walking in the woods between the abbaye and the Chimay Experience is a good way to wall off a beer before getting back in the car.
Spencer Houck (14 months ago)
Stoic church surrounded by beautiful woods and gardens. Open to the public from 630 to 8pm every day. You can only see the interior gardens, cemetary and the church but its worth it. Walking in the woods between the abbaye and the Chimay Experience is a good way to wall off a beer before getting back in the car.
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