Stavelot is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège. The total area is 85.07 square kilometers which gives a population density of 78 inhabitants per square kilometers. The town grew up around the Abbey of Stavelot, founded ca 650, out of what had been a villa, by Saint Remaclus (Saint Remacle).
The villa's lands occupied the borderland between the bishoprics of Cologne and Tongeren. The Abbey of Stavelot was secularized and demolished at the time of the French Revolution: of the church just the west end doorway remains, as a free-standing tower.