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Abbaye Villers la Ville & National Botanical Gardens, Belgium, March 2012

Abbaye Villers la Ville, dating from 1146
Abbaye Villers la Ville, dating from 1146
It's remarkably well preserved, compared to the English abbeys we've visited
It's remarkably well preserved, compared to the English abbeys we've visited
And huge!
And huge!
The old church is stunning, with huge pillars and tall walls and even a bit of roof left
The old church is stunning, with huge pillars and tall walls and even a bit of roof left
But the inside is freezing - it truly must have been miserably cold to be a monk, even when these windows had glass
But the inside is freezing - it truly must have been miserably cold to be a monk, even when these windows had glass
'Inside' the church, again - the longest abbey nave in Belgium
'Inside' the church, again - the longest abbey nave in Belgium
*This* is why the abbey closes to visitors in high winds...
*This* is why the abbey closes to visitors in high winds...
Overgrown ivy - but they are re-doing the old formal and herb gardens nearby
Overgrown ivy - but they are re-doing the old formal and herb gardens nearby
And again from the outside
And again from the outside
These rhododendron are in bloom!
These rhododendron are in bloom!
And the ones in our garden are not!
And the ones in our garden are not!
Might have something to do with the shadiness of the garden...
Might have something to do with the shadiness of the garden...
Still at the National Botanical Gardens, just north of the city
Still at the National Botanical Gardens, just north of the city
This is why we came - magnolias!
This is why we came - magnolias!
Absolutely gorgeous.
Absolutely gorgeous.