Sint-Wivinaklooster

THE ABANDONED MONASTERY IN BELGIUM

‘Sint-Wivinaklooster’ is an abandoned monastery in Dilbeek, Belgium. Today the buildings are reconverted to care appartments.

According to historiography, the holy Saint Wivina lay at the basis of the first foundation on these grounds. She built a priory in 1126. From 1513 to 1531 a restoration of the buildings is mentioned, followed by devastation and looting during the religious fights. The following years the site was sold to different owners who built and demolished buildings.

Brothers of the Christian Schools

The existing buildings of the former Benedictine abbey date mainly from the 17th and 18th centuries. During the French Revolution, several buildings were demolished again. At the end of the 19th century the abbey came into the hands of the ‘Brothers of the Christian Schools’ who founded new convent there. The brothers expanded their provincial house considerably with a chapel, a novitiate, a rest home and a secretariat at the site of the former vegetable garden. The buildings of the monastery were modified several times during the whole of the 20th century.

Today the domain is reconverted to apartments with a residential care function. The following remainder of the abbey are still visible today: the old infirmary (1631), the Gate building (1730), the priest’s house (1756), the confessional court (1775) and the fence wall (17th century). The Sint-Wivina abbey and the surrounding walls have been protected since 1996. I visited the site in 2013.

Built 1897
Abandoned 2008
Reconverted 2014
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