On Sunday 9/10/2022, the second day of the celebration of 300 years of the Carthusian Church, Prior Bruno Van Damme returned to the Carthusian site after about 265 years. Four times that day, he and a group of visitors visited the site and explained what life as a Carthusian monk was like at the time, which buildings were added, which ones disappeared and which survived the time and still stand. A visit was also made to a real Carthusian cell that was set up with his own hands by the present Brother Janus.
After this sober cell it went on to the more ostentatious church where the old painted Way of the Cross was exhibited on the occasion of the celebration of 300 years of the Carthusian Church. This Way of the Cross was stored in the chapter house during the restoration of the church in 1982 and has now been cleaned up and put on display for this occasion.
After a skilful explanation about the construction of the church and its benefactors, Prior Van Damme said goodbye to disappear back into the mists of time and the visitors could enjoy a good Carthusian beer on the terrace of tavern De Kartuizer. Those who visited the site in the afternoon could also enjoy a carillon concert performed by Jan Verheyen on the mobile carillon of ‘Bells Lab’ from Pelt.
Anyone who was unable to be present at the Carthusian site this weekend can admire the Way of the Cross exhibited in the church until 23 October 2022, daily between 10:00 and 18:00, and also watch the continuous screening of the film “Into Great Silence” about life as a Carthusian. The Carthusian Cell can also still be visited during this period.
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