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FONTAINE

This was one of the most beautiful castles of the area in the 18th century. Today the only thing left is one ruined part of a tower beside the still existing castle farm.
Fontaine was a lordship in the land of Liege until 1796. According to H. Delvaux of Fouron the castle was built in 991. This year could be found on the portal of the dungeon. It is also possible that the dungeon belonged to an older castle. What we do know for sure is that the castle belonged for a very long time to a branch of the Rulant family Counts of Hozémont. A stone tablet says; Wéry de Fontaine, second son of Gérard de Rulant, last Count de Hozémont.
Towards the middle of the 16th century the castle belongs to the d'Ans family later to the Barons Schirpe and Opiter. Then it went into the house of the Count de Liedekerke, Barons of Surlet. In 1807 it belonged to Gerard de Liedekerke de Pailhe.
An earthquake in 1828 and two fires caused by lightning in 1830 and 1840 are the main reasons that the only thing that remains of the castle is the fragments that we can see now.
The family Degive operates the farm since 1907. They bought the farm in 1972. It is private property but you can view the remains of the castle from the public road. Also notice the large 14th century crucifix on the the main farm building. The remains of castle Fontaine can be found in Grace Hollogne.

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