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Val St Lambert
Visit the website of Val Saint Lambert : http://www.val-saint-lambert.com
VAL SAINT LAMBERT
is the name of an ancient abbey. In 1826 two Frenchmen bought the
deserted building and opened a crystal manufactory.The 'Val Saint Lambert'
crystal became world famous. The factory reached its pinnacle shortly
before the first World War when every day more than 5000 people made about a
160.000 crystal items. The crystal vases and other decorative elements found
their way to houses all over the world.
Val Saint Lambert crystal was famous for its purity and exceptional brilliance. The depression of the 1930's changed everything. From then on the sales kept going down and, although the Belgian government kept subsidizing the plant until 1987, it never found its old glory back.
In 1987 a Belgian manager bought the factory and succeeded in making it relatively successful again. Nowadays the Val Saint Lambert plant produces again a total of 1.400 different items (from vases to ash trays, etc.)
The factory can be visited. Tourists and visitors can enjoy a demonstration of glass-blowing and crystal-engraving. There is also a beautiful showroom where the items on display can be bought.There is also a museum on the grounds of Val Saint Lambert where a unique collection of ancient crystal ware from all over the world can be admired.
The building also houses a restaurant. At the moment, the old abbey in front of the factory is being completely renovated.