Augustijnen Cloister - Thagasta
Thagaste has everything to offer you a perfect meeting place for all your events. You can find the monastery in the centre of the city, less than 5 minutes’ walk from the Korenmarkt, the Cathedral, the UNESCO-protected Graslei, and the Belfry.
Thagaste is located in a unique monastery where monks still live and work. The beautifully restored inner courtyard at the heart of the monastery is a true oasis of peace. You also can use this courtyard to organise a sparkling reception where your guests can stroll along the perfectly pruned boxwood hedges.
Thagaste is more than just an event area. The monastery is also known for its unique and rich heritage. You will discover monumental paintings in the cloisters, and each conference room is decorated with artwork, gathered during the rich and long history of the monastery.
The monastery also owns a beautiful, historic library. And last but not least, there is the St. Stephen’s parish church with its monumental Baroque organ built in 1873 by Jean-Philippe Forrest.
Why the name - "Thagasta"
Augustine of Hippo was born in the city of Thagaste, now Souk Ahras, Algeria, in 354. After his studies and his journey to Italy, Augustine returned to Thagaste in 388, where he started a monastic project with friends in his family’s home. He divided his time during this contemplative period between praying, manual labour and studying. Talking and debating was the most important form of communication during that time. He only stayed four years in his hometown once he became bishop in Hippo (now the city of Annaba in Algeria).