Abbey Church of Our Lady of La Cambre

At the beginning of the 13th century, the Duke of Brabant, Henry I, promoted the creation of an abbey of women affiliated with the Cistercian Order (around 1232). Numerous donations enabled both the abbey’s estate and architectural complex to be continuously expanded, with 41 abbesses serving over a period of almost 600 years. The complex, with its church dating to the 14th century, is the last one of its kind still remaining in the Brussels region. It was built on the edge of what was then forest, in a basin that accentuated its isolation, well away from the major highways of the time but close to a source of water that was essential for the survival of its occupants. A winding path, christened the voetwegh, led to the abbey, later linked, on the other side, by a roadway used to transport the food grown on the nearby land donated the Duke of Brabant. The nuns also had a mill, fishing rights in the neighbouring ponds and grazing rights for the livestock in the surrounding area. The church is the only original building remaining from the complex. Built in the Gothic style, it consists of a single 54 m long nave with pentagonal apse. An entrance porch was added in the 18th century. (Listed 30/06/1953 and 06/05/1993)

Cloister and cloister garden accessible.
Concert by Kairos vocal ensemble. Sunday only at 17h45.

Practical information

  • abbaye de la Cambre 11
    1050 Brussels
    • Saturday from 10h00 to 17h00, Sunday from 13h30 to 17h45
    • T
      Abbaye/Abdij
    • T
      Cambre-Étoile/Ter Kameren-Ster
    • B
      Geo Bernier