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Nederland - Sint Agatha, kloostertuin

The Kruisherenklooster (Monastery of the Crosiers, formally known as the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross) in Sint Agatha is dating back to 1315. In that year there was already a chapel dedicated to St. Agatha. Around 1371, some monks came to live near the chapel to attend it. The monastery of the Order of the Holy Cross arose from this little chapel. The monastery is still in use and is therefore the oldest monastery in the Netherlands still inhabited by clergy.

From the 18th century onwards, the monastic garden was laid out. It is enclosed by a wall. It contains orchards, vegetable gardens and fish ponds, while until 1985 farm buildings were also located within the garden. A number of Crosiers practised gardening. The garden is also a reminder of religious matters. The boxwood hedges are cut in shapes like a cross on a globe, a snake, a ship and so on.

The garden has an area of 2.5 ha and offers, apart from a lot of nice and colourful flowers, also a number of monumental trees, such as a 150-year-old tulip tree, a red and a green beech and an old oak. The monks were self-sufficient and for centuries lived largely off the proceeds of the land: a vegetable garden, fruit trees, fish ponds, chicken coops and beehives.
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35 comments

Angelofruhr said:

Sehr schöner Werg, Jaap!
8 weeks ago ( translate )

John Cass said:

Excellent image.
8 weeks ago ( translate )

Jeanne chevillard said:

très belle photo allée bien fleurie
8 weeks ago ( translate )

Madeleine Defawes said:

Superbes images de ce beau jardin !
Bonne journée. Amitiés
8 weeks ago ( translate )

Nouchetdu38 said:

A very nice walk in these gardens full of charm and serenity****
8 weeks ago ( translate )

David Slater (Spodde… said:

A very nice selection Jaap. Best wishes.
8 weeks ago ( translate )

Roger (Grisly) said:

Excellent series and interesting information Jaap
8 weeks ago ( translate )

Rosalyn Hilborne said:

What a beautiful place and a lovely series Jaap. Love the flowers.
Have a good day.
8 weeks ago

Günter Klaus said:

Deine Runde war wieder richtig schön lieber Jaap,herrlich sind auch deine Blütenaufnahmen :))

Wünsche noch einen schönen Nachmittag,ganz liebe Grüße Güni :))
8 weeks ago ( translate )

Jean-Paul said:

Dort findet man Ruhe, denke ich mal.
Herrliche Gärten und Blumenlandschaften, sehr schön fotografisch für uns aufbereitet.
8 weeks ago ( translate )

Stephan Fey said:

Very nice and colourful series, Jaap!
8 weeks ago ( translate )

Julien Rappaport said:

Très plaisant comme endroit . ****************
8 weeks ago ( translate )

grobi358 said:

Wonderful monastic garden! Thanks for interesting notices!
8 weeks ago ( translate )

grobi358 said:

Wonderful monastic garden, thank you for interesting informations!
8 weeks ago

Ecobird said:

A peaceful and beautiful location and a superb series of images Jaap. Love the colourful flowers
Excellent and enjoyable notes
8 weeks ago