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Ermeton Abbey

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Established  1936
Functional Status  monastery
Designated date  1973
Diocese  Namur
Heritage designation  listed built heritage
Phone  +32 71 72 00 40
Ermeton Abbey
Order  Order of Saint Benedict
Address  Rue du Monastère 1, 5644 Ermeton-sur-Biert, Belgium

Ermeton Abbey is a monastery of Benedictine nuns in a medieval castle in the Belgian village of Ermeton-sur-Biert.

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Castle

In the early 14th century, John I, Marquis of Namur made Jacquemin de Bossoit lord of Ermeton. The lordship passed by inheritance for 300 years until bought by ironmaster Richard Godart in 1612. In 1856, Antoinette de Mérode, princess of Monaco, sold the castle, which in 1870 passed by marriage to the Villermont family. The last heir of the Villermonts, Count Henry de Villermont, died in combat on 5 September 1914, and is commemorated at the entrance to the castle. In 1936, the castle was rented by a community of Benedictine nuns, who bought it outright in 1942. The building was designated as built heritage of Belgium in 1973.

Community

The community of Benedictine nuns that moved to Ermeton in 1936 had been founded in Brussels in 1917 by Eugène Vandeur, a monk of Maredsous Abbey.

The monastery operates a guesthouse.

Two other abbeys, both now independent houses, were founded from Ermeton: Maria Heimsuchung in Steinfeld (Kall, North Rhine-Westphalia), Germany, and Abadia Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Ahuatepec, Mexico.

References

Ermeton Abbey Wikipedia


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