Going up the Molignée valley towards the plateau of Maredsous one arrives at this impressive neo-gothic abbey. It is a centre of spiritual and intellectual life as well as the objective for those who come on a traditional walk to taste the beer and cheese, find religious books and articles and stroll in the neighbourhood. The church is always open.
It was built in 1872 with a long nave and a choir for the monks at the end. The original polychrome walls have been stripped of their glowing red look to become sober and simple. Liturgical reforms have now brought the monks closer to their congregation during ceremonies. The church achieves its most sublime spiritual dimensions during the four high points of the day when the monks come together to pray in the church or crypt: matins, mass, vespers and the evening service. Everyone can join in.
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