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The origin of this well kept castle is situated somewhere in the 13th century. Its current look came about in 1270 when Philippe and Godfried of Vianden did alterations. Although it underwent several alternations throughout the centuries, it never lost its impressive solid looks. The castle was never pillaged or destroyed. The Nassau family kept the castle for centuries. From 1400 to 1550 it was the family Nassau – Dillemburg and from 1540 until 1890 it was the family Nassau – Corroy who inhabited the castle.
Count Joseph – Ignace did some restorations in 1718 and 1740. His granddaughter Amélie married with Marquis Gillion of Trazegnies. Since then the castle is property of the Trazegnies dynasty. With its seven towers the castle is really an impressive example of military engineering. Once you walk through the massive gate house you are entering a huge courtyard. There used to be a massive keep on the courtyard but unfortunately Count Joseph – Ignance pulled that down in the 18th century.
I visited the castle in September 2001. The guided tour takes you through many rooms and halls. The interior is simply beautiful. The chapel is one of the oldest in Belgium. It is situated in the canter tower and dates back to the 13th century. The dome is resting on neo gothic pillars. When I was there the tour was given in French but it is also possible to get the tour in other languages. You find the castle close to Gembloux. Take the highway Brussels to Namen and take the exit Gembloux and than follow the signs.
The castle is open from May 1st until the last weekend of September on Sundays, Saturdays and national holidays. From 10 to 12 AM and 2 to 6 PM. (The first pic is scanned from a postcard)