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DE MERODE (small castle)

Countess Jeanne de Merode decided in 1910 to built a new and smaller castle. She didnít plan to build the castle in Westerlo but because the population of Westerlo begged her to stay in the village she bought some ground not far from the big castle and gave architect Langerock the assignment to build it. Langerock decided to erect it in the Gothic Brabant style from the 16th century. During WWII the Germanís confiscated the castle and made it their headquarters. After the war it became a rest home for retired priests. The village Westerlo bought the castle in 1972 and turned it into the city hall and a cultural centre.