Our Monastery Trail Stage 6 Sint Agatha - Boxmeer

This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Sint Agatha and Boxmeer. It runs from the Monastery of Saint Agatha to the Carmelite Monastery in Boxmeer.

4 hour (18.0 km)

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This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Sint Agatha and Boxmeer. It runs from the Monastery of Saint Agatha to the Carmelite Monastery in Boxmeer. On the way you will pass various locations such as the Maria ten Hemelopneming church and former monastery Mariahof. You can also explore the Nepomuk Chapel and former monastery De Weijer and its adjoining park. This route is part of Our Monastery Trail, a trail in 15 stages. For a list of all stages, please visit this page.

Finding the way with numbered junctions
This walking route has been set out using the numbered junction network in Brabant. Simply follow the route via the signposted junctions, from one number to the next. There are also signposts between the junctions to help you find your way. The route can be walked in either direction.

Staying overnight
A number of monasteries a…

This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Sint Agatha and Boxmeer. It runs from the Monastery of Saint Agatha to the Carmelite Monastery in Boxmeer. On the way you will pass various locations such as the Maria ten Hemelopneming church and former monastery Mariahof. You can also explore the Nepomuk Chapel and former monastery De Weijer and its adjoining park. This route is part of Our Monastery Trail, a trail in 15 stages. For a list of all stages, please visit this page.

Finding the way with numbered junctions
This walking route has been set out using the numbered junction network in Brabant. Simply follow the route via the signposted junctions, from one number to the next. There are also signposts between the junctions to help you find your way. The route can be walked in either direction.

Staying overnight
A number of monasteries along Our Monastery Trail have the option of staying the night. Always check in advance what is possible, some monasteries are only open on certain days. For all locations and up-to-date information, please visit brabantskloosterleven.nl (Dutch language).

There are many hospitable hotels, B&Bs, campsites and other locations where you can stay the night in the trail’s surroundings. You can find an accommodation from this list of places to stay in Brabant. First choose the type of accommodation and then enter the name of the town or village where you want to stay. You will then see a selection of addresses in the area.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Klooster Sint Agatha
Kloosterlaan 24
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A convent of the past, present and future. St. Agatha Convent is the oldest convent in the Netherlands still to be inhabited. As you approach the village of St. Agatha, the convent can be seen from far and wide. It has been inhabited co

St. Agatha Convent
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Maria Ten Hemelopneming kerk
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Voormalig klooster Mariahof
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Julie Postel was a teacher in the fishing village of Barfleur in Normandy who taught children from poor families and took in orphans.

Julie Postel Convent
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The Nepomuk chapel dates back to 1737 and was erected to replace the chapel inside the castle.

Nepomuk chapel
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This church was built in 1822 under the authority of a water works engineer.

Protestant church
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House De Weijer had a religious function from as early as the fifteenth century, being the house where the local vicar lived.

Former monastery De Weijer and Weijerpark
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Saint Peter Basilica was built after the Second World War, after the previous church was completely destroyed in 1944.

Saint Peter's Basilica
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Diagonally opposite the basilica you will find Burgemeester Verkuijlstraat with a memorial to one of the most famous Dutch Carmelites: Titus Brandsma.

Titus Brandsma Memorial
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It is thanks to Count Albert of Bergh and Countess Madeleine of Cusance that there is a Carmelite monastery here.

Carmelite Monastery Boxmeer
End point: Karmelklooster
Steenstraat 39
5831 JA Boxmeer
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Story of the route

Starting point: Klooster Sint Agatha
Kloosterlaan 24
5435 XD Sint Agatha
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  • Monastery of Saint Agatha
    In the far east of the province North Brabant lies the monastery of Saint Agatha. The crosiers who live here will be celebrating their 650th anniversary in 2021. During the Eighty Years' War many religious orders had to flee their convents. Not so the crosiers; they managed to survive this period with the help of the House of Orange. After a Spanish army leader demolished the monastery to fortify a nearby castle, Prince Maurice helped the crosiers to restore it. Maurice presented the monastery with a stained glass window with his own image. For a long time the window was in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, but it was returned to the monastery church on the occasion of the monastery’s 650th anniversary in early 2021. There are guided tours and the monastery garden can be visited freely. Crosier Edgar Claes has developed the Tripel 1371, a tasty and rich monastery beer, in the monastery brewery.
  • Carmelite Monastery Boxmeer
    It is thanks to Count Albert of Bergh and Countess Madeleine of Cusance that there is a Carmelite monastery here. After the Peace of Münster (1648), freely practising the Catholic faith was prohibited in the Republic. Boxmeer had different laws, which is why many Catholics came here. The count and countess saw a good opportunity for founding a monastery, a place to take care of these Catholics. The thing that makes the monastery in Boxmeer exceptional are the beautiful stained glass windows, likely designed by Abraham van Diepenbeeck. One of the windows depicts a miraculous scene. The story goes that around 1400 a priest had doubts about his faith, until the day that he saw wine turn into blood during a mass.
End point: Karmelklooster
Steenstraat 39
5831 JA Boxmeer
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