4D reconstruction of the site

Ename is a pitoresque village in the Flemish Ardennes in Belgium, close to the historical city of Oudenaarde. At first sight, it is a village like so many others. Looking closer however, there is an archaeological park, a church with an intriguing past, a nature reserve, a museum and a heritage centre. Ename has several stories to tell, about its past and about what it is today.

One of those stories tells the history of the abbey of Ename, founded in 1063 and dismantled in the last years of the 18th century. In this blog, we not only tell this story, but we also show how we visualise the rise and fall of this abbey through virtual reconstruction. So, we not only try to show you how we turn historical texts and archaeological research into appealing and state-of-the-art 3D visualisations, but we will also turn the virtual reality images and interactive 3D reconstructions into a window on the fascinating life of Benedictine monks in Flanders.

These stories are currently told in the museum, the archaeological park and the heritage centre of Ename. But first of all, let’s have a look at a brief history of the abbey of Ename.