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HELECINE

This palace was built in 1762 by the famous architect Laurent-Benoit Dewez. He did this on assignment of abbots who thought that their old monastery could use a little renovation. Dewez turned the place into a palace flanked by Corinthian columns and crowned with a dome. After the French revolution the building was sold to the Tiberghiens, a North French family who turned the palace into a cotton-spinning mill. In 1870 the building was turned back into a splendid chateau with the help of architect Balat. The heirs of Count Albert d'Outremont donated the castle in 1962 to the province of Brabant.
The domain is now open to the public and you can take long walks or do some fishing in the many ponds in the park. The castle is not open for visits but you can rent it for parties or congresses.
Across the street you will also see a smaller chateau (picture to the right). Take exit 26 on the highway Brussels-Luik.

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