Ora et Labora: The Vineyard Monastery of Eberbach, Germany

Kloster Eberbach

  Eberbach Monastery (Kloster Eberbach) is a former Cistercian monastery near Eltville in the Rheingau Valley of Hesse, Germany (famous for its Riesling wine). In addition to being a world heritage site, the monastery provided the interior scenes for the 1980s film, The Name of the Rose. It is also the site of the Rheingau Musik Festival, and is still an active wine production ... Read Full Article

Villers-la-Ville Abbey: Belgium’s Most Beautiful and Haunting Monastery Ruins

Herbal garden at Villers-Ville Monastery, Belgium

  With her atmospheric medieval squares and castles, and magnificent renaissance palaces, Belgium is Western Europe’s most underrated tourist destination. Foremost amongst Belgium’s extraordinary historic sites are forty-one ancient weathered gray stone and red brick abbeys. Today, many of these monasteries lie sadly in ruins, derelict victims of revolution, war and other turbulent ... Read Full Article