Sint-Godelieve abdij ©Lea Winkeler

A blissful summer in ‘The Garden of Today’. For the first time in almost 400 years, St Godelieve Abbey in Bruges is opening its doors this summer for those who want to discover its rich history.


Explore what remained hidden at St Godelieve Abbey

Sint-Godelieveabdij ©Thomas De Boever
From 12 August to 12 September, you will have a unique opportunity to explore what has remained hidden until now and to get to know who lived at this exceptional (heritage) site. It promises to be an inspiring voyage of discovery, with various artists giving free rein to their creativity along the way – at special places in the abbey and in the enclosed vegetable garden - and tempting and surprising visitors with their stories and interpretations. Are children or young people participating? We stimulate their curiosity with a tailor-made activity guide.


Join the search for a new future

Sint-Godelieveabdij ©Thomas De Boever

After you have become acquainted with the 'soul' of this place, you are kindly invited to join us in ‘The Garden of Today’ in search of a new future for the monastery of the Capuchin Friars Minor, which will be added to ‘The Garden of Today’ later this year. In ‘The Garden of Today’ we will figure out - together with local entrepreneurs, local residents and various organisations, among others - what initiatives and activities are desirable and necessary to turn this religious heritage site into a bustling tourist destination.

Also on TV

Sint-Godelieveabdij © Thomas De Boever

You can also visit St Godelieve Abbey from home and become acquainted with ‘The Garden of Today’. Katelijne Boon is your hostess in a documentary that premieres on 12 August at 9.30 a.m. on Ecplis TV (Telenet channel 51, Proximus channel 90).

‘The Garden of Today’ is an initiative of VISITFLANDERS in co-creation with the city of Bruges, FARO, Parcum, Yot, Kapittel, Flanders heritage agency, Sacred Books and Bruges Foundation. Have you acquired a taste and do you want to discover more of what Bruges has to offer after visiting the St Godelieve Abbey and ‘The Garden of Today’? Then you can gather strength for that with a (self-made) picnic in the abbey garden.


Sint-Godelieveabdij © Thomas De Boever

From 12 August to 12 September inclusive.
Free visit: every day from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Guided tours: every Saturday and Sunday at 11.30 a.m. Register in advance ( and pay (€15 per participant into the Bruges Foundation account BE59 5230 8078 6426). Maximum 15 participants per group.
The Garden of Today - St Godelieve Abbey, Boeveriestraat 45, 8000 Bruges

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