Here we are at the Abbey Averbode within courtyard,Averbode Abbey is a Premonstratensian monastery situated near Diest in the Archdiocese of Mechelen,Belgium. Averbode Abbey was founded about 1134-1135 by Count Arnold II of loon With land donations from the Abbey of Sint-Truiden, the lords of Aarschot and Diest, and some years later Godfrey III of Leuven of Leuven, the abbey was situated right on the border of the County of Loon and the Duchy of Brabant. The first monks and abbot Andreas came from the Sint-Michielsabdij in founded in 1124. In 2009, the abbey is 875 years old.
Belgium is a country in northwest Europe. Founding member of the European Union, it covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres and has a population of about 10.7 million. From the end of the Middle Ages until the 17th century, it was a prosperous centre of commerce and culture. Upon its independence, Belgium eagerly participated in the Industrial Revolution and, at the end of the nineteenth century, possessed several colonies in Africa. Today, Belgium's strongly globalized economy and its transportation infrastructure are integrated with the rest of Europe. Its location at the heart of a highly industrialized region helps made it 2007 the world's 15th largest trading nation. Cultural life is nowadays concentrated within each language community and a variety of barriers have made a shared cultural sphere less pronounced. Anyway, the region corresponding to today's Belgium has seen the flourishing of major artistic movements that have had tremendous influence on European art and culture. Text extracted from wikipedia.