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You can find this beautiful castle in the village Kasteelbrakel. It is private property but can be partly viewed from the public road and the gardens are sometimes open for visits like with the heritage day in September.
The history of the castle starts in 1050. The first Lords of Brakel were the well known family de Trazegnies. In 1670 the castle went to the Houdain family and later on to the lords of Walcourt and the Lords van Abscoude who also owned castle Gaasbeek. Also the powerful van Hoorne family was once owner of this stronghold.
Anna-Francisca van Hoorne marries in 1670 with Count de Tour de Tassis and so transferred the domain to the Tassis family. Seventeen years after the marriage the French king Lodewijk XIV invades the area and like so many other castles also this one is besieged and damaged. The left wing burned down to the ground but was rebuilt in 1681. In the same year the Tassis family sells the castle to Eugeen Gaspar de Robiana. His great-granddaughter marries with Count Louis Cornet de Ways Ruart.
Throughout the centuries castle de Robiana saw many good and bad times but it was always restored and so it still stand proud until this day in it wide moat.