Saturday, May 16, 2009

Kessel-Lo / Vlierbeek Abbey ...

The Domain of Vlierbeek ...
...donated by Duke Godfried the Bearded in 1125,
was shaped like a triangle and was partly cut through
from East to West by the "Vlierbeek".
Habitations and roads were soon built along the borders
of the domain. The large triangle is still recognizable
in the landscape. Over the years the abbey managed
to acquire new agreicultural land near this core area.
A large section of the original domain today belongs
to the Provincial Domain of Kessel-Lo.
You can make peaceful walks in the shadow of the church.
source: information board

... the present church is the third stone church of Vlierbeek
and was built between 1776 and 1783.
The first church completed in 1170 in Romanesque style
was destroyed in 1572.
The second built in 1642 was never completed and dilapidated
when Abbott Ildephonsus Vanden Bruel (1772-1779)
commissioned Lauren- Benoît Dewez (1731-1812)
to construct an entirely new abbey complex.
Dewez was the architect of Charles of Lorraine,
of the Austiran Low Countries.
In the Low Countries he was
the driving force
behind a new style called Neoclassicisme.

The exterior of the church displays a strict character
because of the straight lines and the large undecorated walls.
Here curved lines play an essential role.
The groundplan shows a choir, reserved for the monks,
and an octagonal central section for the worshippers.
The three-dimensial effect is enormous.
Eight pillars support a heavy cornice on which the cupole rests.
The windows give the church a lot of light. Acanthus leaves,
flowers, garlands and volutes and other decorative elements
emphasise the architectural forms.
source: information board

... guestrooms built between 1642 and 1727 ...

...the farm...

former farmhand dwelling house
'In den Rozenkrans' (NL)
... In de regel van de H. Benedictus is het 53ste hoofdstuk
gewijd aan "Hoe men gasten moet ontvangen".
Op het basisplan van de Benedictijnse abdij, d
at ca. 817 ten tijde van Karel de Grote werd vastgelegd,
merkt men dan ook dat aan de ruimte voor het ontvangen
van gasten zeer veel aandacht is besteed...