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Cycle Route Picardie-Ardennes

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Elevation profile Cycle Route Picardie-Ardennes

Added on 25 Nov 2011,

on 20 Dec 2012

Cycle route metrics

Total distance in km

332

Cumulative elevation gain in m

3.574

Avg. slope uphill in %

1,08

Cumulative elevation loss in m

3.265

GPS track data

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Rights owner

Openstreetmap and Contributors + biroto-Redaktion (biroto.eu)

Rights characteristic / license

by-sa: CREATIVE COMMONS Attribution-ShareAlike

Link to the description of the license

creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

GPX file taken from

www.openstreetmap.org/browse/relation/37427

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by biroto-Redaktion on 25 Nov 2011

Track points in total

2.733

Track points per km (avg)

8

Start/endpoint

Start location

Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, FR (26 m NHN)

End location

Wiltz, District Diekirch, LU (335 m NHN)

Beds4Cyclists, worth visiting and infrastructure

Name and address

Latitude / Longitude

Phone
Fax
Mobile

Type of accommodation

Route km
Dist. to route
Elevation AMSL

Rating for cyclists

 

5 km
1,1 km
33 m

FR-59650 Villeneuve-dʹAscq

 

Bike Lockers

48 covered bike lockers available.

 

31 km
0,4 km
14 m

 

BE-7500 Tournai

 

Tourist information

 

93 km
0,1 km
78 m

 

BE-7060 Soignies

 

Tourist information

 

131 km
0,3 km
100 m

 

BE-1473 Genappe

 

Tourist information

 

185 km
0,1 km
107 m

BE-5150 Floreffe

 

Abbey/convent

Abbaye de Floreffe
Facade of the Abbatial Church, Floreffe

Floreffe Abbey is a former Premonstratensian monastery, the second of the order to be founded, situated on the Sambre at Floreffe.

When Norbert of Xanten, founder of the Premonstratensian Order, was returning from Cologne in the year after its foundation with relics for his new church at Prémontré, Godfrey, Count of Namur, and his wife Ermensendis received him in their castle at Namur. He made such an impression on them that they asked him to found a house at Floreffe nearby. The charter by which they made over a church and house to Norbert and his order is dated 27 November 1121, so that Floreffe is, chronologically speaking, the second abbey of the order. Norbert laid the foundations of the church, which was called Salve ("Save"); the abbey was named Flos Mariae (the "Flower of Mary").

The chronicles of the abbey relate that while celebrating mass at Floreffe, Saint Norbert saw a drop of blood issuing from the sacred host onto the paten. Distrusting his own eyes, he said to the deacon who assisted him: "Brother, do you see what I see?" "Yes, Father" answered the deacon, "I see a drop of blood which gives out a brilliant light". The altar stone on which the saint celebrated mass is still preserved at Floreffe.

Saint Norbert made Richard, one of his first disciples, the first abbot. The second abbot, Almaric, was commissioned by Pope Innocent II to preach the gospel in Palestine. Accompanied by a band of chosen religious of Floreffe, he journeyed to the Holy Land and founded the abbey of St. Habacuc (1137). Philip, Count of Namur, gave to Weric, the sixth abbot, a large piece of the True Cross which he had received from his brother Baldwin, Emperor of Constantinople. The chronicles record that twice, namely in 1204 and 1254, blood flowed from this relic on the Feast of the Invention of the Holy Cross, the miracle being witnessed by the religious and by a large crowd of people. At the suppression of Floreffe Abbey, the relic was removed to a place of safety. When, years later, the Norbertine canons, who had been expelled from France, bought an old Augustinian monastery at Bois-Seigneur-Isaac, it was restored to them.

Suppression

Louis de Fromantau, elected in 1791, was the fifty-fifth and last abbot of Floreffe. When the French Republican army invaded Belgium the religious were expelled, and the abbey with all its possessions was confiscated. Put up for sale in 1797, it was bought back for the abbot and his community by Canon Richald masquerading as a Republican. After the Concordat of 1801 the abbot and a few of the monks returned to the abbey, but the difficulties were so great that after the death of the last of them the abbey became the property of the Bishop of Namur, who set up a seminary here.

Seminary

The seminary is no longer in operation. It has become a school (elementary and secondary). Much of the earlier buildings survives and the authorities of the school welcome visitors.

Information about copyright

Rights characteristic / license

by-sa: CREATIVE COMMONS Attribution-ShareAlike

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creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Input taken over from:

Wikipedia contributors, 'Floreffe Abbey', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 15 November 2014, 20:11 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Floreffe_Abbey&oldid=633979521> [accessed 1 April 2015]

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02 Apr 2015

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