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Abbaye du Mont des Cats


Spoken languages : anglais, néerlandais

Despite what you might think, the Abbey is not named after felines, but after a Germanic tribe called Les Cattes who settled here during the invasion of the Roman Empire in the 5th century. From the first monks who came here in 1650 to the current community of trappists, the Abbey has followed the pace of all the many turbulent periods in history. The monks have always worked with their hands to support the needs of the community and maintain the buildings. Nowadays, cheese-making is the community's main source of income. You can buy the famous Mont des Cats cheese at the Abbey's shop, but it's also easy to find anywhere in the region. The Abbey cannot be visited, but it does offer spiritual retreats with accommodation.


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