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TRAZEGNIES

This castle was in the hands of the Lords of Trazegnies from 1130 until 1862. The first Lord whose name is documented was Otto 1 who died in 1136. His son Gilles I died from injuries sustained while defending the castle. In 1220 it was Otto III who was lord of the castle. In the early 15th century the sole hair was a girl named Anne. She married Arnauld de Hamal in 1414. Her second son Anselme II took his mother's name and coat of arms so the Trazegnies lineage could continue. His grandson Jean III became holder of the order of the Golden Fleece and married Isabelle of Portugal. He had a new main building erected that was designed by the architect Du Broeucq. King Henry II besieged and destroyed the castle. The grandson of Jean III named Charles II had the main parts rebuilt at the beginning of the 17th century. In 1614 the Trazegnies was given the status of Marquisate. The Trazegnies family remained in the castle until 1862 when Alexander Gillion died without hairs. His niece Nathalie de Ligne inherited the castle; she was married to Rodolphe de Croy. They had a daughter who was also named Nathalie. It was this Nathalie who sold the castle in 1891 to Bascoup Coalmining Company. The company wanted to buy it to avoid the problems that would ensue from the damage caused by extensive mining. In 1913 the domain was given to the state later on it was acquired by the Friends of the chateau the Trazegnies. An organization who wants to safe the castle from decay. They started in 1954 with restoring the dwelling. Not much is left of the original impressive castle that once stood here but still with what remains now and a little bit of imagination you can work out how impressive this estate once was.

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