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HEX

Count Charles-François de Velbrück built the Château de Hex in the 18th century. He was elected Prince-Bisschop of Liège in 1772. Until his death at Hex in the spring of 1794 he reigned on the Principality of Liege as an enlightened humanist where liberty of thought and cultural life came to full bloom. Philosopher and clever politician, friend of mankind and nature, he became the protector of art and literature. Count Charles-François de Velbrück, who built there his hunting pavillion, had acquired the estate. He chose this hilly country of Hesbaye, covered with fields and woods, hunting grounds and promenades, to realize an "Arcadian" dream. On the top of the hill, Hex was built as a hunting pavilion.
It was then surrounded by 12 acres of formal gardens, inspired from the French garden style, amongst which a rose garden, a Chinese garden, as well as a vegetable garden. Once the formal gardens had been laid out, Velbrück had a landscape park made, one of the first on the European continent, and fairly evident inspired by the famous English garden architect 'Capability' Brown. The castle is now property of the noble family D'Ursel. You can view the castle from the public road and two times a year the gardens are open for visits. The castle can be found in the village of Heks.

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