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The Abbey of Averbode was founded in 1134 on the initiative of Arnold II, Count van Loon. The now-disappeared St. Michael's Abbey in Antwerp is considered to be her mother monastery. It is an abbey of the premonstrateners, also called norbertines or witheren.
July 4, 2019
Tongerlo Abbey, a monastery dating back to 1128 (that's actually located in Westerlo), offers an excellent Leonardo da Vinci Museum, which contains a 16th-century copy of The Last Supper.
May 7, 2020
The abbey was founded around 1130, when a number of Premonstratensians from Saint Michael's Abbey in Antwerp settled on the estate of lord Giselbert van Castelré. Until the 13th century, the abbey was a double monastery in which Norbertines also lived.
Until well into the 16th century, Tongerlo Abbey had extensive possessions in the Duchy of Brabant. From 1559 to 1590 it came under the diocese of 's-Hertogenbosch. In 1590 she managed to buy off this administration by relinquishing most of the possessions in present-day North Brabant. After the fall of 's-Hertogenbosch in 1629, the Premonstratensians temporarily fled to their refuge in Mechelen.
In 1789-1790, the abbey played a role in the Brabant Revolution against the government of the Austrian Netherlands by recruiting and arming troops. After the revolt was crushed, the abbey's possessions were confiscated. In the same period, the abbey temporarily housed the source material of the Bollandists.
In 1796 the abbey came to a temporary end, when the French expelled the Premonstratensians from the complex during the revolution. After this, the abbey was sold and part of the buildings were demolished, including the church. The carillon in the abbey tower by Pierre Hemony, cast in Ghent in 1657/58, also fell during this revolution. In 1838 the order was re-established, only to return to Tongerlo two years later.
On December 23, 2009 it was announced that the Flemish Minister of Real Estate Geert Bourgeois would award a premium of 723,042 euros for the restoration of the Premonstratensian abbey in Tongerlo. This premium would be used for the restoration of the ramparts, which were struggling with foundation and stability problems.
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