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‘Villers-la-Ville - Guest house of Villers Abbey’


The ruins on these photos were not visible on my previous pictures (not even on the general overview).

My main photo shows the ruins of the guest house of the abbey.
The guest house-brasserie was constructed around 1240. Allegedly it was built in just 15 days.
Providing food and shelter to passers-by was the main function of this two-storey building.
There was accommodation for a hundred guests ... but not for women. (No idea whether women didn't travel at the time or where they could stay overnight)
From the 16th century, the guest house was transformed into a brewery.

Information from: https://villers.be/fr/vlog/hotellerie-brasserie

In WS1 you see the interior of the ground floor of the guest house.

WS2 shows the guest house seen from the former entrance gate (not the official entrance nowadays).
The gatehouse marked the transition between the outside world and the abbey. It was used to welcome and control those who entered the monastery.
It consisted of two buildings and two passages: one for pedestrians, the other for carts.
The porter's task was twofold: to announce the guests to the abbot so that he could come and welcome them in person, and to give alms to the poor by giving them food and the old clothes and shoes of the monks. Women were forbidden to cross the gate.

Information from: https://appli.villers.be/index.php/la-porterie/

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6822 W: 24 N: 16087] (63024)
  • Genre: Plaatsen
  • Medium: Kleur
  • Date Taken: 2022-03-25
  • Belichting: 30 Seconden
  • Fotoversie: Originele versie, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2022-05-03 7:23
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