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POEKE

A powerful fortress stood on this spot defending the city of Gent. It was here that the Good Knight Jacques de Lalaing fell during the siege by Filips de Goede in 1453.
From this original hexagonal castle only four towers remain which are incorporated in the new castle. Viscount of Nieuwpoort Charles – Florent de Preudhomme d’Hailly, who also had the title of Baron of Poeke, built the current castle between 1750 and 1761. His spouse Marie – Anne ‘d Alegambe was at least as rich as her husband and the result is the colossal castle we can see now in Baroque style surrounded by water. In the 19th century the castle was remodelled in a South Flemish style, but still with a lot of influences from France.
The last noble family to live in the castle was the family Pycke de Peteghem. They bought the castle in 18th century and dominated the area until the last descendent of the dynasty Baroness Ines Pycke de Peteghem died in 1955. The castle is now property of the city of Aalter. The restorations of the inside are still going on. The outside already has got back its splendour. You can walk freely in the park surrounding the castle.
To get there you have to take the E40 Brussel – Oostende and take the Exit Aalter. Then go in the direction of Poeke and signs will lead you to the domain.

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