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TERSAKSEN

UPDATE October 2009: As you can see from the second row of pictures the outside of the chateau is completely restored. The inside will be restored soon.

Beside Cortewalle you will also find Castle Ter Saksen in Beveren. The history of this domain starts in the Middle Ages when there was a farm and an inn. Back then it was called the Schaek. which would evolve into Goed Schaekx to Saecks and finally Ter Saksen. The inn was there because close by is the main road from Antwerp to Gent, and also in the Middle Ages this meant that there were always a lot of travelers who got thirsty and hungry and stopped at the inn to lavish there needs. The oldest known owner of the place is Madame Margareta Noethaeckx. After that it came into the hands of the well known family Vijdt and it became property of Gillis van Wolfswinkel around 1590. When the army of Alexander Farnese arrived (1585) with the conquest of Antwerp there were a lot of Spanish and Italians, who came with that army. Some of them stayed in these regions, married Flemish girls and bought some property to start a new life and family. One of them was Gregorie del Piano. He married Elizabeth Menschier. Ter Saksen would stay in their family for the next four generations. One of the del Piano decents sold the castle to Pieter-Francis Piers who sold it thirty years later to Mattias van der Burcht. At the end of the 18th century the place became property of the family Versmessen. They gave the domain pretty much the look it has now. Around 1920 the industrial Edmond Meert became the last owner of the castle. He used the castle for only a short period. He rebuilt the farm into a luxurious mansion and lived there. After a lot of difficult negotiations the city of Beveren became owners of the domain in 1982.
As you can see on the pictures the castle itself is at the moment in an awful condition. Lets hope that Beveren will restore the building soon like they have done with castle Cortewalle. You can walk freely around the park which is in its own turn also an amazing place with a collection of about 6200 different plants from all over the world. You can walk in the park from April 1st until October 31st from 10am to 6pm. The tavern is open during the summer on Sunday from 2pm to 8pm. It is also possible to get a guided tour of the park.

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