Conservation of the monastery Abbey de Postel in Flanders, Belgium

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 Flandern 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.


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