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MARIAGAARDE

The castle village Hoepertingen was dependent until 1250 on the Count ship of Loon. Later on it was under the Count ship of Heeswijk. Willem de Shaerenberg remodeled the medieval castle in 1626 into a Maaslands water castle with an imposing fowl yard. In 1763 Jan Ferdinand de Sluse again remodeled the castle in a French classical style. The garden fašade and the castle halls were done with Italian stucco, with the cardinal room and the chapel dating back to that period. The castle stayed empty for a long time when the sisters of Annutiaten van Heverlee moved into the castle in 1930. They founded the domain as a girl school. This evolved into a modern commercial school. The gate building and the castle interiors were kept in original state but the castle farm was remodeled and partly demolished. Since 1985 the castle is a hostel where groups can stay and cultural events are held. The castle gardens are always open to the public and on special occasions you can also visit some parts of the castle

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