The Hélecine Abbey was founded around 1130 by the Premonstratensians, also known as the Norbertines.
The Abbey, called “Abdij van Heylissem” in Flemish, is located east of Brussels in the province of Walloon Brabant.
As with many other abbeys in Belgium and the Netherlands, Hélécine Abbey was caught up in the French revolution.
On 25 September 1796, the Abbey was sacked by French revolutionaries. The 25 monks remaining were banished.
Around 1800, the Abbey became private property and was rebuilt in a neoclassical style.
In 1962, the province of Brabant took over the former Abbey and today it holds the name “Domaine provincial d’Hélécine”.