Blauwendael Castle

Blauwendael Castle (Dutch: Kasteel Blauwendael) is a castle in the East Flemish town of Waasmunster,[1] located at Kerkstraat 21.[2]

Castle in Belgium
Blauwendael Castle
Belgium
Coordinates

51°6′29.15″N4°4′56.56″E

Type Castle

The De Neve de Roden family owned a domain here, and in 1607-1608 Pieter de Neve built a moated mansion, known as the Huys int midden van’t Durp and later known as ‘t Hof van Blauwendael. In 1820, at the behest of Henri Philips de Neve, changes were made to the surrounding park. Some constructions were demolished to make space for new ones, perhaps including the orangery.[3] The pond is a remnant of the old castle’s ramparts.[1]

Between 1889 and 1890 a new castle was built by order of Emile de Neve de Roden and Emma de Bueren to a design by Jozef De Waele. Later the castle was sold to Henri de Lovinfosse. In 1980 the castle was bought by the municipality, which opened the park to the public in 1981. In 1984 the castle was used as a wedding hall, exhibition space.

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It is a building in Flemish Neo-Renaissance style with turrets, stepped gables, etc. The interior is also designed in this style.

  1. Devos, Filip (2007). Gids voor Vlaanderen: toeristische en culturele gids voor alle steden en dorpen in Vlaanderen. Lannoo. p. 1207, 1352. ISBN 9789020959635. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  2. Bracke, Nele (2000). Bronnen voor de industriële geschiedenis gids voor Oost-Vlaanderen (1750-1945). Academia Press. p. 399. ISBN 9789038202426. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  3. “Kasteel Blauwendael met park”. Inventaris Vlaanderen. Retrieved 27 November 2021.

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