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VILAIN XIIII

This castle is located in the village Leut. It dates back to medieval times. The lower part of the biggest tower dates back to the 13th century when there was a keep built by the van Tongeren family. Their castle went up in flames in 1485.
In the beginning of the 16th century the castle was rebuilt as a strategical water castle by Willem van Vlodtrop. The chateau got its current residential looks during the restorations and remodeling at the end of the 17th century when it was still property of the van Vlodrop family. Another restoration took part in the 18th century when classical accents were added. The last private owner was Charles Vilain XIIII who passed away at the age of 76 in his castle in 1878. He was one of the most important personalities during the forming of the Kingdom Belgium. He was one of the negotiators about the Belgian crown who offered the crown in London to the Prince of Saksen-Coburg who would become King Leopold I of Belgium. Later on he became minister of foreign policies, chairman of the chamber and minister of State. The Vilain family is one of the old family dynasties in this region. They go back to the 11th century.
The castle itself cannot be visited but it is used for cultural events. You can walk around freely in the park and in one of the outbuildings is a tavern. Behind the castle a modern wing is erected that is used as a home for the elderly.

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