Conservation of the monastery Abbey de Postel

Fondation Campine Vivante

Preservation of the architectural heritage of the Campine region.


The Abbey de Postel is a Norbertine monastery (the Premonstratensians), located in the Campine region in Flanders in Belgium. The abbey church was built in the typical Rhineland Romanesque style in the late twelfth century. As the Church has undergone several changes over the centuries, the buildings carry some characteristics of the Gothic and Baroque architectural style. Today, the Abbey is still surrounded by walls and partially by moats.


The conservation of these historically rich and protected buildings requires both meticulous and recurrent work. Since the buildings are in good condition overall, substantial renovations are currently not necessary. But expensive conservation work and repairs are still needed throughout the year.


Over the last few years, particular attention has been paid to the Abbey’s hundreds of historical stained-glass windows. The windows are classified and protected as architectural elements and cannot be replaced with modern windows. They have to be removed and renovated piece by piece, using the old and appropriate techniques.


In addition to the conservation of the Abbey’s buildings and architectural elements, the Fondation Campine Vivante supports the restoration of paintings, furniture and religious objects in the Abbey’s collections. These various restoration projects aim to enhance the cultural heritage of the Abbey by improving the quality of its interiors and collections.


Below is an overview of the latest restoration projects.


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Copyright: D. Declerck                                                 Portrait of Rumoldus Colibrandt, abbot of Postel (artist unknown), 17th century.
De intrede van Norbertus in Antwerpen,                                           Onze-Lieve-Vrouw met Kind, (artist unknown), 16th century.
Peeters Bonaventura, 17th century.
Reliquaries, 16th century.



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