De Heilige Driehoek owes its name to three vital monasteries (the “Onze Lieve Vrouwe Abdij”, the “Sint Paulusabdij” and “Sint Catharinadal”) which are still in daily use, and are surrounded by large gardens and farmlands.
De Heilige Driehoek, a unique area comprising roughly 250 acres, is under national protection as part of a heritage preservation programme. This will help ensure its continued existence as one of the cultural and historical highlights in the province of North Brabant.
This locality exudes an air of contemplation, spirituality and beauty. It is an oasis of tranquility, marrying fine architecture to wonderful scenery. The walls demarcating the area provide the necessary silence for the monasteries to function.
The monastic inhabitants have lived here for centuries, each with their specific rules and traditions, in communication with God, their neighbours, and the world. These walled buildings with large gardens are characteristic features of the regional landscape.
While it’s not as self-evident to lead a religious way of life these days, the intrinsic values and vital questions resulting from that tradition are as relevant as ever. Traditionally, various crafts and art forms were practised in the workshops of the monasteries to embody the monastic ideals. By organising a manifestation of art in this area, the Biennial aims to continue this tradition.
The monasteries within the De Heilige Driehoek are:
• Sint Catharinadal, home to the Norbertine sisters
• Onze Lieve Vrouwe Abbey, home to the Benedictine sisters
• Sint Paulus Abbey, home to the religious community Chemin Neuf