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DE MERODE

De castle of the de Merode family is situated in the village of Westerlo. Nobody is really certain about the origin. What we do know is that the first castle was built around 1066. The Lords of Wezemael laid down the foundations of the current castle in the beginning of the 13th century. The keep was built in 1300 in iron sandstone, which was the typical material of the area. In front of that Keep they constructed the courtyard in the 16th century. Curtain walls and the still existing square towers surrounded this courtyard. The two towers in the back were furnished as living quarters. The half round gate tower is also from the 16th century. In the 18th and 19th century they added the left and right wing. In the castle you find many peculiar art treasures. The chapel contains beside beautiful 17th century coloured glass windows in addition to a lot of treasures and memories of the family.
The castle is only open to the public one weekend in the year. The first weekend of July there is a small festival with arts/craft booths on the castle domain and you also can visit parts of the castle

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