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DURAS

This beautiful castle in pure classical style was built between 1787 and 1789. But the history of this place goes way further back in time. There was already a castle in 1102 and the Counts of Duras were already known a century earlier.
A long history means also that the castle went through troubled times. The castle was besieged destroyed and rebuild several times. The castle is throughout its long history never sold but always passed on through inheritance or weddings. When the last Count de Liederkercke died in 1998 his wife Countess d'Oultremont stayed in the castle until her death in 2003. The estate is now managed by the two sons of the sister from the last Countess because the Count and Countess had no children.
At the end of the 18th century in the year 1785 the old castle was demolished by Count van der Noot because it was no longer up to date concerning the comfort standards of those times. To build his new castle he hired architect Henry. He designed the castle we still can admire now. The castle went by wedding in 1814 to the Counts d'Oultremont. They enriched several rooms with exquisite stucco.
In 1902 the castle was consumed by fire and was rebuild immediately. This destruction happened again in 1945 when a German V bom hit the castle. Count de Liederkercke gave the castle back its original looks during a restoration between 1960 and 1962.
You can view the castle from the public road. It is sometimes open to the public on special occasions.

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