Belgian Castles

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Belgian Castles


It is almost a week ago I wrote a blogpost!! Time goes by!!

As a continuation of my last post ”If I had a Château…” I would love to treat you with some pictures of Belgian castles. Belgium is a country of castles. We do have some wonderful castles, as national treasures or owned by private owners. These castles are all treasures of our rich historic and architectural heritage.

Today I will show only a few of them and I decided to post about some castles built or finished in the 18th century, because this century is my prefered architectural period. Posting about all of the different aged castles, would make this post too long!

I have posted earlier about Belgian castles on my blog HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

Let us take a look!


Castle of Annevoie

In 1718 Charles-Alexis de Montpellier bought the seigneury of Annevoie from Claude, viscount of Namur d’Elzée. On the site of the 15th century castle which had been restored in 1627, he built a comfortable neo-classical residence.

The reputation of Annevoie is based more on the 27 acres of park and gardens than on the house itself.


12 Kasteel Annevoie

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15 Kasteel Annevoie

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13 Kasteel Annevoie

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14 Kasteel Annevoie

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15a Kasteel Annevoie

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Castle of Attre

The castle is built in 1752 by the Freneau family, Counts of Gommegnies and Lords of Attre. Leading from the road is a balustrade bridge flanked by two Tuscan columns. Between the two LXI pavilions lies a great lawn bordered with flowers, replacing the old paved courtyard in front of the main block. The wings on either side join the flanking pavilions in the classical manner.

Fine LXV furniture, ordered specially from Paris, in the principal sitting room.

21 Kasteel Attre

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20 Kasteel Attre

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21A Kasteel Attre

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Castle of Bois-Seigneur-Isaac

This castle was bought in 1712 by M. de Belhomme and finished off the destruction that weather and the centuries had begun and in 1722 built a new house on two sides of the original octagon.


23A Kasteel Bois-Seigneur-Isaac

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22 Kasteel Bois-Seigneur-Isaac

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Castle of Deulin

Since 1760, Deulin has always remained in the de Harlez family. The current owners, Chevalier Stéphane and his wife have set up their decorating studios and antique furniture restoration workshops in the tower and spacious buildings while several rooms in the house itself have become exhibition and sale rooms. This is a fine example of finding a new role for a mansion in today’s circomstances.

Discover the beautiful website of Château de Deulin HERE.

4 Kasteel Deulin

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11B Kasteel Deulin

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11 Kasteel Deulin

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8 Kasteel Deulin

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7 Kasteel Deulin

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9 Kasteel Deulin

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Castle of  Hingene

In 1767 Count Charles d’Ursel engaged an architect from Tournai, Antoine Payen the Older, to modernize and enlarge the 16th century castle. It took years to complete the castle in the late classical style.

25 Kasteel Hingene

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24 Kasteel Hingene

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25B Kasteel Hingene

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25A Kasteel Hingene

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Castle of Ingelmunster

Standing before this castle, you are impressed by the equilibrium and tranquillity of this LXV castle.The central block is dated 1736. Not much remains of the mediaeval castle.

The rooms are ornamented in the rococo style, with stuccoes, marble chimneys and painted headpieces over the doors.


26 Kasteel Ingelmunster

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27 Kasteel Ingelmunster

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28A Kasteel IngelmunsterPhoto source : Publication “Castles of Belgium”, Georges-Henri Dumont


The Royal castle of Laeken

Official residence of the King of the Belgians.

The Castle of Laeken was built between 1782-1784 after the plans of the French architect Charles de Wailly under the supervision of Louis Montoyer as a summer residence for the Governors of the Habsburg Netherlands, Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria and her husband Albert of Saxe-Teschen.

On 21 July 1803, Nicolas-Jean Rouppe, as commissioner of the department of the Dijle, received Napoleon at the Castle of Laeken. Napoleon stayed here with his Empress in August 1804 on his way to awarding the first Légion d’honneur to his invasion troops at Boulogne to his progress along the Rhine, and later (on invading Belgium during the Hundred Days in 1815) dated this proclamation prematurely from the palace.

Leopold I, the first king of Belgium, arrived in 1831.

The castle was partly destroyed by a fire in 1890 and king of the Belgians Leopold II commissioned first Alphonse Balat and later also Charles Girault to enlarge the former country seat of the Governors-General of the Austrian Netherlands and turn it into a palatial residence.

The domain contains also the magnificent Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, a set of monumental dome -shaped constructions, in the Art Nouveau style, accessible to the public only a few days a year.


1 Kasteel Laken

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2 Kasteel Laken

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3B Kasteel Laken

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3E Kasteel Laken

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3D Kasteel Laken

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3C Kasteel Laken

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3A Kasteel Laken

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I hope you enjoyed these Belgian castles  tour !

To see more of Belgian castles, please visit or order the book “Castles of Belgium”, Georges-Henri Dumont HERE.



Text : Wikipedia  and Publication “Castles of Belgium”, Georges-Henri Dumont (ed.Merckx)

By |2018-07-11T10:57:05+00:00January 11th, 2011|Categories: Belgian Pearls|Tags: |29 Comments


  1. Home and Lifestyle Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 5:05 PM - Reply

    Wat een prachtige kastelen Greet…en alles ziet er nog zo goed en mooi onderhouden uit! Ook aan de binnenkant is het genieten…een feest dus om je foto's te mogen bekijken!

    Een lieve groet, Ingrid

  2. decor de provence Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 5:17 PM - Reply

    These are all so gorgeous! My favorite thing to do in Europe is see as many castles as possible! This post made my day… thank you!


  3. Picture Of Elegance Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 5:32 PM - Reply

    Great post Greet. Thank you for sharing, and happy New Year!

  4. Lorrie Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 5:46 PM - Reply

    I must confess, one of my dreams is to have full access to a castle for about a week – to explore the rooms, wander through the hallways, trail down a staircase, venture into the darkest recesses and up to the highest towers. An impossible dream, I know, but one that is somewhat sated by these beautiful photos.

  5. Peeters Liliane Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 7:44 PM - Reply

    Wij hebben ooit eens de kastelen route gedaan, een echte aanrader je komt dan mooie en minder mooie kastelen tegen. Prachtige foto's Greet, bedankt om ze te posten.

  6. jeannette Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 8:41 PM - Reply

    I love castles -what a great way to bring in the New Year! Best wishes for 2011!

  7. Splendid Sass Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 9:42 PM - Reply

    Can you imagine living in one of these castles, especially the one surrounded by water? WOW!
    Thank you again for a wonderful post!
    Have a wonderful week.

  8. Emom Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 9:48 PM - Reply

    Fascinating! I love architecture in nearly all forms, but these are exquisite! thank you for sharing them….smiles.

  9. VictoriaArt Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 10:26 PM - Reply

    One lovelier than the next. Would love to tour Belgium one day!
    You are lucky to have all the wonderful architectural inspiration around.

  10. Andrea Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 12:12 AM - Reply

    The Castle of Laeken holds so many memories for me. Living in Belgium was absolutely wonderful and I miss the daily grandeur amid simplicity. The conservatory of the Summer palace is absolutely amazing and the items they cultivate are beautiful. And the carriage house and stables are fantastic, as are the grounds and the pagoda in the garden.

    Now, back to Bruxelles, oh how I love our palace there! I spent many, many hours in the Parc de Palais there. And I never grew tired of driving past our wonderful palace, as I saw something mesmerizing every time.

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Cindy Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 2:29 AM - Reply

    Oh my goodness! Those castles are just astounding! They are truly what dreams are made of, some of them are as large if not larger than our Legislative building and the architecture is every bit as grand! Thank you for a peek into the lives of these people.
    Hugs, Cindy

  12. Future Mama Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 3:25 AM - Reply

    Wow, SO beautiful!!!

    Much love,
    Future Mama

  13. Terry Browder, Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 3:48 AM - Reply

    Greet: So absolutely "otherworldly"! Almost impossible for this West Texan to relate to, but I'm pretty speechless!

  14. eclecticrevisited Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 3:51 AM - Reply

    Hi Greet,
    these are stunning examples of architecture, Belgium is so lucky to have these stately homes…but in my little mind I can only imagine what the heating bills are like…
    have a great evening…

  15. Luciane at Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 2:26 PM - Reply

    WARNING: Greet is trying to give us a heart-attack!!!


    Seriously?! How can you put all of this beauty in only one post? lol Wow, my friend!!! This is extremely beautiful! Before I met you I only knew about the delicious chocolate that comes from your country, now I know that you live in "paradise"! I really want to go there someday!

    Have a wonderful day!


    Luciane at

  16. quintessence Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 3:38 PM - Reply

    Absolutely adored this beautiful architectural and historical tour. What an incredible legacy you have. I think I may have to order the book or better yet – I think you should organize a trip for any of us interested bloggers to see all these magnificent residences.

  17. cindy Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 3:44 PM - Reply

    Thank you for the lovely tour and history! I continue to be inspired by your talent and your beautiful country.

  18. BRASWELL Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 4:21 PM - Reply

    OH My these are soooo lovely…thanks xx

  19. French-Kissed Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 5:22 PM - Reply

    Among your many talents, you are also a wonderful tour guide…I would love to live in just a small corner of any one of these amazing castles. Thanks for sharing this look at your beautiful country and architectural heritage.


  20. Acquired Objects Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 8:45 PM - Reply

    I'm so coming back as a princess in my next life and living in one of those castles! Stunning doesn't begin to describe them. Oh and Eduard Vermeulen will be my husband…lol. It was because of him that I found your lovely blog and that launched me into the land of bloggers. So thank you Greet!

  21. for the love of a house Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 6:34 PM - Reply

    stunning…. I will dream of castles tonight!

    happy new year!!

  22. RG _ into the studio Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 7:27 PM - Reply

    Oh….. I would like to be a princess! I've always liked castles. It's all about romantic architecture and gardens. They are so inspiriting, and bring you to a certain time in the past…

    Happy New Year Belgian Pearls!

  23. Dumbwit Tellher Friday, January 14, 2011 at 3:15 PM - Reply

    Greet thank you; truly magnificent to see more of Belgium's amazing castles. Each one is remarkable in it's architecture and grandeur. Belgium is a must to visit one day.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend ~ Deborah

  24. Laura Ingalls Gunn Friday, January 14, 2011 at 4:42 PM - Reply

    Truly delightful! I have always wanted to go to Annevoie.

    I wanted to invite you over to Fabulous French Fridays at the Metis Linens blog as I know you too love the French lifestyle.

    Your presence would add a bit of oh la la. 🙂

    Au Revoir!

  25. Mona thompson Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 4:00 PM - Reply

    I guess I just didn't realize there was so much history and beauty in Belgium. It's no wonder it has become the standard in design worldwide of late. We do business with the cutest importer from Belgium, Hanz. I could listen to him talk all day long, and he has such a kind gentle spirit, much like yours. Have a great weekend. Mona

  26. John Kelsey Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 1:34 PM - Reply

    What a tour! The lines and proportions of such classic lines I think are more alive and meaningful because today so much building is done without thought or intent. Beautiful buildings and grounds lift my soul and recharge my spirit.

  27. Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM - Reply

    Hi Greet,

    Thanks for sharing a bit of Belgium. I just discovered your blog and love learning about your gorgeous country. Joyce

  28. Aico Furniture Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 10:58 PM - Reply

    your every post is remarkable there no doubt this is also a good post.

  29. Cheap Airlines Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 7:48 AM - Reply

    HI Greet…
    Awesome share…!!!
    I like the post so much by reviewing it i come to know about the opulence and glimpse of the castles. I have a wish ti explore and stay in castles. This post makes me to plan my next trip to Belgium.

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