Clervaux, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
The dominating structure of the Benedictine Abbey of Clervaux is only just 100 years old, although it looks older. It can be seen from all over Clervaux town and is at the top of a very steep hill. In 1901 the Benedictine Order had become unpopular in France due to the difficult political situation of the time. Monks from the Abbey of St. Maur near Angers left the country and initially settled in Belgium before finally founding the Abbey here in Clervaux. The buildings were constructed between 1909 and 1910.
Today the Monastery is still active and although public access is possible, the reality is that this is a community of monks who are quite happy to remain isolated and when visiting one feels as if one is intruding somewhat.
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