This blog shows the process of the virtual reconstruction of the abbey of Ename, based upon many years of excavations, historical research and study of historical landscapes. It shows the sources, the assessment of the sources and the conclusions made. For example, the reconstruction below of the early Ename abbey (around 1065) is based upon excavation results, one drawing of the abbey in le Veil Rentier (see page 20 in the online document), historical documents about the founding of the abbey and iconography about building cranes and medieval chariots (see pages 21, 175, 201 and 273 in the digital Veil Rentier).
The reconstruction we have made not only reconstructs the abbey but also the Saint Laurentius church and the surrounding village. The total reconstructed areas is 2 by 2 km wide and contains the landscape reconstruction based upon the research of Guido Tack, curator of Bos t’Ename and his team.