The Unicorn, symbol of Herkenrode

The unicorn is a fabulous creature, being so strong according to the legend, that no hunter can catch the animal. But when a virgin opens her lap and a unicorn lays down its head in her lap, it will lose its fierce nature and fall into a deep sleep. Where the unicorn stands for Jesus in the Christian symbolism, it also stands in the family crests of our abbesses for power and braveness as well as chastity and virginity. The  unicorn jumping up in the logo of the abbey site of

Herkenrode refers to the resurrection of the site in all its imaginative and capturing glory.