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RIXENSART

The Dukes of de Morels van Limal and Rixensart erected in the 13th century a castle with keep. The ruins of that castle can been seen on a engraving from 1696. Nothing is left now of that old stronghold. Count Charles van Gavere of Frésin started with the construction of the current castle in pink bricks. He wanted to live a quiet life with his family in this new castle. His oldest son Pierre-Ernest finished the work his father had started and was succeeded in 1648 by his son in law Philippe Spinola, Count of Bruay. The last Countess of Bruay gave the castle to the daughter of her sister. Marie-Nicolassine de Merode. Prince Félix de Merode and his wife Francoise de Clermant-Tonnere restored the castle beautifully in the 20th century. The interior is beautifully decorated and holds many priceless historical objects and also lots of family souvenirs.
You find the castle to the south of Brussels. Take the E414 to Namen and take the exit Rixensart.
(All Pictures are scanned from postcards)

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