Various monasteries, including Averbode Abbey, commissioned historic and religious paintings as well as other works from Flemish baroque painter Jan Erasmus Quellinus. Despite this, however, he died blind and in abject poverty.
Averbode Abbey is the unique historic location where the Norbertine monastic community settled back in 1134. The courtyard of the abbey and the pond glittering in the sunshine will impress any visitor who walks through its gates eager for a beautiful photograph. The perfect place to find inner peace, the abbey church offers a very special combination of baroque and gothic architecture. Definitely also worth a visit is the abbey’s churchyard, where Flemish writer Ernest Claes is buried.