Drongen

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Drongen
Deelgemeente
View on Drongen, with the "Oude Abdij" (Old Abbey), the tower of the Church of Saint Gerulph, and the Pontbrug bridge over an arm of the Leie
View on Drongen, with the "Oude Abdij" (Old Abbey), the tower of the Church of Saint Gerulph, and the Pontbrug bridge over an arm of the Leie
Drongen within Ghent
Drongen within Ghent
Coordinates: 51°3′1″N 3°39′46″E / 51.05028°N 3.66278°E / 51.05028; 3.66278
Country Belgium
Province  East Flanders
Municipality Ghent
Area
 • Total 27.43 km2 (10.59 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2007)
 • Total 12,218
 • Density 445/km2 (1,150/sq mi)
Postal code 9031

Drongen (French: Tronchiennes) is a submunicipality of the city of Ghent (Arrondissement of Ghent, East Flanders, Flanders, Belgium).

Drongen is divided into three parishes: Drongen, Luchteren and Baarle.

Monastery[edit]

Drongen is known for its early medieval monastery, founded in the 7th century by the monk Amandus, the Missionary of the Leie and Schelde. Destroyed by the Normans in 853, the monastery was rebuilt by the counts of Flanders. The monastery was the victim of the religious wars following the Reformation, and in 1578 it was once again destroyed by Calvinists.

In 1638, the abbey church was rebuilt and between 1638 and 1698 the monastery was restored. After a fire in 1727, the church tower was restored once again in 1734, with a distinctive appearance. In 1797, the French occupied and sold the abbey. In 1804, Lieven Bauwens used the monastery as a textile plant. The current monastery and abbey church date from 1859 and remain in use as a spiritual centre run by the Society of Jesus dedicated to the teachings of Ignatius of Loyola.

Gallery[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Drongen at Wikimedia Commons


Coordinates: 51°03′N 3°40′E / 51.050°N 3.667°E / 51.050; 3.667