The Abbey: Against All Odds

The following centuries are full of conflict.

First, the abbey is destroyed during the Succession War. Then, in 1580, the troops of William of Orange raze the structure to the ground. Both times, the monks patiently rebuild their abbey.

Against all odds, the memory of the abbey survives. In 1887, it’s restored to its former glory by two monks unwilling to give up.

But during World War II, disaster strikes again. The abbey’s copper kettles are stolen by the German army, and for 15 years, not a single drop of Affligem is drunk.  

In 1956, Father Tobias feels forced to make a historic decision…

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