Flemish baroque painter Jan Erasmus Quellinus created historical and religious scenes, working for various monasteries and other patrons, including Averbode Abbey. The large round canvas from about 1701 (approximately 240 cm in diameter) depicts a vision of the founder of the Norbertine monastic order, Saint Norbert of Xanten, who died in 1134. In the painting, Saint Augustine is handing him his monastic rule.
Averbode Abbey is the unique historic location where the Norbertine monastic community settled back in 1134. The courtyard 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 early 20th-century Flemish writer Ernest Claes is buried.