Timings : 10 AM TO 6 PM
Time Required : 1 hour
Entry Fee : Free of charge
Founded by a local noble-woman in 1196 called Gisele, the Abbaye de la Cambre was entrusted to the Cistercian nuns of Brussels. Once the residence of several great abbesses such Régine, Lady of Beauffort and Marie, Lady of Egmont, the Abbaye de la Cambre was an important institution for young noble-women at one point.
A symbol of resistance during the French Revolution, the Abbaye was greatly suppressed at the time. The structure is also known for housing a cherished oil-painting from the 16th century by Albert Bout titled The Mocking of Christ, in the main abbey. While the structure today is largely a new construction from the 18th century, the church, the refectory and the wing of the capitular hall are still reminiscent of the medieval era they were first built in.
A catholic parish of the Archdiocese of Malines-Brussels, Ter Kameren Abbey as it is called, is home to a community of Norbertine canons. Today a part of the monastery is used as the headquarters of the Belgian National Geographic Institute, while another is used to house a prestigious visual arts school known as La Cambre. This former Cistercian abbey is located in the Maelbeek valley between the Bois de la Cambre and the Ixelles Ponds.