Our Monastery Trail Stage 11 Vessem – Oirschot

This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Vessem and Oirschot. This route takes you from Pilgrims’ Hostel Kafarnaüm in Vessem to Nazareth Convent in Oirschot.

5 hour (22.5 km)

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This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Vessem and Oirschot. This route takes you from Pilgrims’ Hostel Kafarnaüm in Vessem to Nazareth Convent in Oirschot.  On the way you will pass various locations such as the Jacobus Farm and estate De Baest. 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).…

This walking route allows amblers to discover the area between Vessem and Oirschot. This route takes you from Pilgrims’ Hostel Kafarnaüm in Vessem to Nazareth Convent in Oirschot.  On the way you will pass various locations such as the Jacobus Farm and estate De Baest. 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:

Pelgrimshoeve Kafarnaüm
Servatiusstraat 11
5512 AJ Vessem
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St. Lambertuskerk Vessem
84
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15
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Uitkijktoren Vessem
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78
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Baest estate: monumental and impressive. A beautiful estate with many leafy footpaths, making it one of the most beautiful hiking areas in Oirschot and the surrounding area. Experience peace, quiet and contemplation...

Estate Baest Huis te Baest met bloemen op de voorgrond
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95
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12
34
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Processiepark Heilige Eik
32
13
42
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Klooster Nazareth
75

End point:

Klooster Nazareth
Koestraat 37
5688 AG Oirschot
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Story of the route

Starting point:

Pelgrimshoeve Kafarnaüm
Servatiusstraat 11
5512 AJ Vessem
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  • Pelgrims’ Hostel Kafarnaüm
    Some brothers of the Congregation of the Brothers of Our Lady of Lourdes settled in the friary to live in a different way. Not behind monastery walls, but in the middle of a village. They called their home Karfarnaüm, a reference to a place in the Holy Land. The life of the monks was characterised by rest and reflection. The building should have been sold, but brother Fons came up with a proposal to turn it into a pilgrim's hostel. The hostel is surrounded by references to pilgrimage. The edge of the ornamental garden is shaped like the letter S for Santiago. The pilgrim's hostel is a place where you can rest, prepare for your journey or talk to others after your pilgrimage. In this way, the solidarity that pilgrims feel when they are on the road has found a place in Brabant.
  • Nazareth Convent
    The congregation of Franciscan Sisters has had a great influence on healthcare and education. Originally the order was contemplative and the sisters concentrated mainly on prayer. At the end of the nineteenth century the sisters started working in healthcare and education. At the beginning of the twentieth century the building no longer suited the size and activities of the order. Architect Jan Stuyt had a remarkable style and was inspired by the Christian architecture of the Middle East. This is reflected in the current Nazareth Monastery. The monastery became a coat, an increasingly loose one. A number of buildings were used for housing, and a care facility moved in.

End point:

Klooster Nazareth
Koestraat 37
5688 AG Oirschot
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