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On the foundations of the mighty castle, where the noble families of the “Modaves”, “de Haultepennes” and “de Saint-Fontaines” lived rises a new curious castle in 1658. The towers and the location on a steep cliff refer to the Middle Ages however the front has a more classical style. It was “Jean-Gaspard, Count of Marchin” who commissioned the building of the castle in 1658. The Count was married to “Marie de Balzac d”Entragues”who was the niece of the ravishing "Marchioness of Verneuil" who was almost married with “Henri IV”. Because of this the Count of Marchin was very close to the French throne. The ceilings were decorated by the famous plasterer “J.C. Hansche” who decorated them with coat of arms which were very disputable. The castle was later hand over to Prince Bishop from Luik who gave it to the “Cardinal von Fürstenberg”.
éThe Duke of Montmorencyé, who was the son of “Anne – Barbe de Ville” decorated the castle very luxurious. The domain was sold in 1817 to the family “Lamarches”. After it became property of the “Braconiers” family after which it came in the hands of the “van Hoegaerden” family. In 1941 the castle was bought buy the Brussels water company. Who have taken care of the domain ever since.
The first Lords of Modave lived in the castle in 1233. We are now 768 years later and the castle Modave is still an impressive palace. I visited the castle in May 2001. The cost was 200Bef to get in. One can visit 20 rooms who are beautifully decorated. Also the furniture still looks luxurious. You can walk freely in the castle and also in the surrounding gardens. I would recommend it if you want to expierence a very nice visit of a luxuriously decorated and furnished castle.
Take the E411 from Brussels to Luxembourg, take Exit 18 at the end of the exit ramp go right onto the N4. Follow this road for a while until you see the sign N97 Hamois – Havelange. Now follow the signs to Modave and than the castle signs that will lead you right to the castle. The scenery leading to the castle is splendid. You'll enjoy the drive.