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HORST

You will find the castle of Horst in the valley of the Winge creek on the territory of the village Sint Pieters Rode. Which is situated between Aarschot and Leuven. Although the castle is not habited for hundreds of years it still stands pride surrounded by a wide moat. The house of Tunen which is already mentioned in the 12th century was probably responsible for the erection of this castle in the second half of the 13th century. Horst is the first time mentioned in documents from 1263 and 1268 when Jan van Thunen moves into the castle and changes his name into Johannes van Horst. Amelric Boote buys the castle in 1369 and he is the one who builds the fortified stronghold of which we still can admire the keep. Amelric Pynnock a member of an important dynasty of the area, buys the castle in 1422. Lodewijk Pynnock chooses during the revolution of the Brabantse cities the side of Maximiliaan. The habitants of Leuven donít like this and they burn down his house in the city. It is also in these troubled years between 1488 and 1489 that a fire destroys the castle of horst. Maximiliaan wins with the help of a German army the war and Pynnock is rewarded for his loyalty so that he can rebuilt his castle. He starts in 1490 with the wing beside the keep and gives with that the start for the castle we still can admire now. Pynnock is however a man who likes to party and after a while he gets in serious financial difficulties and he has to sell his castle to Iwein van Kortenbach. He sells on his turn the castle in 1521 to Gilles van Busleyden. Although this family is more sparing they also get into financial difficulties and have to sell the castle at the beginning of the 17th century. Olivier van Schoonhoven becomes the new castle lord in 1605. He finishes the rebuilding of the castle. Maria-Anna van den Tympel inherits the castle in 1650. Maria-Anna was the last chatelaine of the castle. She made some important alteration on the castle. She is responsible for the beautiful stuccowork in the three big halls. In the next decades the castle changes often from hand mostly through inheritance. The new owners are however mostly not interested in the castle. So the castle stays empty. Because of this we have now a castle that is still the same like it was in the 17th century. There are plans for a thorough restoration but you can already visit the castle. The castle is at the moment however empty so you can walk through the big empty halls and admire the beautiful ceilings and climb all the way to the top of the keep via a very narrow and dark stair. Besides visiting the castle you can also make vast walks in the forests surrounding the castle or have a drink and a snack in the tavern that is situated in the old coach house.

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