Legend of Orval

Countess Matilde of Tuscany with the Orval trout at her feet

This stain-glass by Jean Huet (1903-1976) 
is evocative of the legend of Orval foundation.

The monastery was born of an act of gratitude :

Matilde was a widow and her weddin-gring had accidentally fallen into the fountain. She prayed to the Lord and at once a trout rose to the surface with the precious ring in its mouth.
Matilde exclaimed : "Truly this place is a Val d'Or ! "
In gratitude, she decided to establish a monastery on the site.

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