The abbey’s surroundings are not only very beautiful, they also look different in every season. If you love getting out into nature, you should definitely come here for a walk, alone or with family and friends. Click on the map at the bottom and discover the story of Westmalle.
The church tower originally had a pointed tip. At the beginning of World War I, it was blown up by the Belgian army so that it could not be used as an enemy vantage point.
After that, a simple gabled roof appeared for a time.
After the war, the tower was resurrected as an Italianate campanile tower. The idea probably came from abbot Dom Herman-Jozef Smets. He regularly visited Rome, having been appointed Abbot General of the Trappist order.
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