Between 1999 and 2002, the Abbey of Stavelot was completely renovated thanks to finance provided by the Walloon region. The cloister was rebuilt into the monastery building. Indeed, on the old foundations, a new wing was built out of glass and stainless steel in the proportions of the fourth wing destroyed during the French revolution.

Three museums are now housed within the old building of the abbey:

  • Museum of the Principality of Stavelot-Malmedy
  • Spa-Francorchamps Racetrack Museum
  • Guillaume Apollinaire Museum

Wrapped in a curtain of greenery between Stavelot, Malmédy and Spa, scene of so many car and motorcycling exploits, the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack is still considered by many racing drivers as the “most beautiful track in the world”.

The Spa-Francorchamps Racetrack Museum, located in Abbey’s magnificent vaulted cellars, retraces the prestigious history of the track. Original visual documents, educational panels and a continually renewed presentation of exceptional vehicles retrace the passion of the competition, from the pioneers to the present day: Ferrari, March, Chevron, Porsche, Cooper …

Formula 1, but also the epic 24-hour motor and motorcycle races, take on a new dimension. The “Demoiselles de Herstal”, the name people gave to the motorcycles built in Herstal, conjure up nostalgic memories of the hours of glory of the Liège-based industries: FN, Gillet and Saroléa.

A large scale model and Playstation 4 consoles make the track even more concrete for motor racing enthusiasts.




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