Stavelot was founded in the 7th century, when Saint Remacle, a Limousin monk, was responsible for the evangelisation of a region of the Ardennes.
The double abbey of Stavelot-Malmedy, an ecclesiastical principality attached to the German Holy Roman Empire, had an important spiritual and political influence throughout the Middle Ages.
The French Revolution put an end to this glorious history.
Following the Congress of Vienna in 1815, Stavelot was attached to the Netherlands and Malmedy to Prussia. As early as 1830, Stavelot became part of the Kingdom of Belgium; but for Malmedy, it was not until 1919.
While World War I did not spare Belgium, nor the whole region, it was during World War II, and especially during the Battle of the Ardennes in the winter of 1944, that the two sister cities suffered terribly.
Stavelot retains many relics from its past. Here are some ...
From the Latin vicinabilem meaning "neighbour" ... This neighbourhood was the first habitable area of the city. Pretty, typical houses, covered with slates, a 1777 fountain and, nearby, two of the oldest streets in the city, the Delbrouck alley and rue de la Fontaine.
Cultural space of the Capuchins
Located very close to Rue Haute and its typical half-timbered houses, sometimes also covered with slates or planks, is the old chapel of the Capuchins (1659), integrated for decades in the Saint-Remacle College and now transformed into a very beautiful space for exhibitions and concerts.