Ermeton Abbey

Ermeton-sur-Biert, Belgium

Ermeton Abbey


Ermeton Abbey is a monastery of Benedictine nuns in a medieval castle in the Belgian village of Ermeton-sur-Biert, Wallonia.

In the early 14th century, John I, Marquis of Namur made Jacquemin de Bossoit lord of Ermeton. The lordship passed by inheritance for 300 years until bought by ironmaster Richard Godart in 1612. In 1856, Antoinette de Mérode, princess of Monaco, sold the castle, which in 1870 passed by marriage to the Villermont family. The last heir of the Villermonts, Count Henry de Villermont, died in combat on 5 September 1914, and is commemorated at the entrance to the castle. In 1936, the castle was rented by a community of Benedictine nuns, who bought it outright in 1942. The building was designated as built heritage of Belgium in 1973.

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