An abbey that's worth the detour!

13 February 2020 - 14 January 2021

The Abbey of Stavelot will host the exhibition The Legendary National Geographic until 24 January 2021. Visitors will be surrounded by 130 years of travel and exploration. The Abbey also houses three internationally renowned museums.

National Geographic magazine has existed since 1888 and is now known around the world. Teams working for the magazine have captured a great quantity of images over time to illustrate their reports. These exceptional images and the stories behind them will be on display at the Abbey of Stavelot.

The exhibition is organised into six themes.  Various themes will bring visitors to the peaks of the Himalayas, to the heart of Rwanda alongside Dian Fossey or even onto the ancient Silk Road. In addition to travelling to the four corners of the Earth, visitors will also discover portraits of both famous and anonymous people who have left their mark on the magazine. Each theme also has its own video report, making for an even more unique experience.

The goal of the exhibit is to teach visitors more about the planet to make them more aware of the need to protect it.

The exhibition is being held in the extraordinary setting of the Abbey of Stavelot. The Abbey dates back to the 7th century, and is one of the oldest monastic buildings in Belgium. It has now been reconverted into a cultural space that houses the Historical Museum of the Principality of Stavelot-Malmedy, the Guillaume Apollinaire Museum and the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit Museum. It is also one of Wallonia's major cultural heritage sites.