Region of Abbey Onze Lieve Vrouw van Nazareth, Brecht

The Abbey Onze Lieve Vrouw van Nazareth in Brecht, located in the Campine region in the Belgian province of Antwerp, is an abbey of Trappistine nuns. In the abbey it is possible to buy many kinds of environmentally-friendly soaps, labelled as "Trapp", that are produced by the nuns.

History

In 1236 the monastery of Our Lady of Nazareth at Lier, in the Duchy of Brabant, joined the Cistercian Order. The nuns of Brecht developed their community and lived peacefully for centuries, until 1794, when the French army invaded the Austrian Netherlands. At that point, the religious policy of France forced the community to close. After the Belgian Revolution and the independence of Belgium in 1830, the region became politically stable and the conditions were acceptable for a new religious community to be established. Nevertheless, it was only in the 20th century that the renewal of monastic life in this area succeeded. In 1950, the monks of Westmalle prepared the new monastery for the 23 nuns arriving from the Soleilmont Abbey. The nuns of Brecht developed their religious and spiritual life and contributed to the enlargement of the Trappist order.

At present there are 26 sisters in the Abbey of Brecht.

  • Shop The abbey shop offers a wide selection of products, such as candles, natural soaps, shampoo, shower gel, eco cleaning products, picture cards, flags, banners and liturgical vestments.

Opening Hours

De abbey shop is opened daily from 8:30-12:00 and from 13:00 -17:00 PM.

Tourist Information

The Abbeys of Westmalle and Brecht are situated in the province of Antwerp, approximately 30km from Antwerp-city. The city of Antwerp is well known for its art, culture and its international port. However, if you’re looking for a more relaxed pace of life, come and discover the nearby Kempen region with its splendid network of paths through the magnificent and varied landscape. Walk or cycle through the numerous forests, fields and nature reserves. Explore the beautiful and multi-faceted natural landscape and combine it with a stay in one of the many cosy hotels and B&B’s. Enjoy the local produce such as beer, cheese, fruit, vegetables and fresh meat.

The local cafés and restaurants are waiting to show off their skills and serve excellent food using fresh regional produce.

De Kempen offers everything for a short break and will surprise you with its hospitality! 

Routes

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Trappistenroute (Cycling)

Starting point: Malle

Arrival point: Malle

Length: 44 km

Elevation: 163 m

Difficulty: **

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Trappistinnenpad Brecht (Hiking)

Starting point: Brecht

Arrival point: Brecht

Length: 16,5 km

Elevation: 163 m

Difficulty: ***

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Sample the 5 Trappists - Route 1 Antwerpen - Westmalle - Brecht

Start: Antwerpen
End: Brecht
Distance: 28 miles (46 kilometers.

Visit the brewery of De Koninck in Antwerpen and find your way to Malle (Westmalle) and Brecht. Don't forget to visit Cafe Trappisten in Malle.

Download the route booklet Sample the 5 Trappists for more information 

You can use the GPX-files or follow the bike nodes: 58-40-4-3-15-19-24-22-21-23-43-45-47-63-62-51-50-49-48-99 

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Sample the 5 Trappists - Route 2 - Malle - Brecht - Zundert

Start: Malle 
End: Zundert
Distance: 27 miles (44 kilometer).

Download the route booklet Sample the 5 Trappists for more information 

You can use the GPX-files or follow the bike nodes:  50-49-48-99-69-68-80-91-92-3-2-1-49-46-79-88-64-3
*Take note: work to be carried out in 2016/2017. Directions to the city centres will disappear and will be replaced by intersection numbers. 

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