Zellaer Castle

Zellaer Castle, locally known as Kasteel van Zellaer, lies north of the village of Bonheiden, in the province of Antwerp in the Flemish region in Belgium.

The first castle at this site was probably built sometime during the 13th century by Wouter VI Berthout, Lord of Mechelen. Probably during the 17th century the medieval castle was substantially rebuilt.

In 1836 Zellaer Castle was sold through a public auction. Eventually it was acquired by baron Albert d’Udekem d’Acoz. He donated it to his granddaughter Gabrielle Marie Neeffs. When she married baron Gustave de Vrière in 1886 it passed on to his family. By that time the castle was in a dilapidated state. Gustave then had the old castle demolished and had the present castle built upon its foundations by the architect Heugenbaarts from Mechelen, between 1888 and 1892.

The present castle is built out of white sandstone taken from the demolished defenses of the town of Vilvoorde. It is said that this present castle was built after a castle in the French Loire Valley, although reduced in size, but which one is unknown.

From 1962 until 2017 Zellaer Castle was used as a spiritual reflection center by the Foyer de Charité Association. It is now owned by the local council who are still developing plans for it. At present it doesn't seem to be used. The grounds of the castle are now a public park, the castle itself can not be visited.

So, although this isn't a real castle but a 19th century remake, I still like it because it is a beautiful remake.


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Zellaer Castle

Zellaer Castle, locally known as Kasteel van Zellaer, lies north of the village of Bonheiden, in the province of Antwerp in the Flemish region in Belgium.

The first castle at this site was probably built sometime during the 13th century by Wouter VI Berthout, Lord of Mechelen. Probably during the 17th century the medieval castle was substantially rebuilt.

In 1836 Zellaer Castle was sold through a public auction. Eventually it was acquired by baron Albert d’Udekem d’Acoz. He donated it to his granddaughter Gabrielle Marie Neeffs. When she married baron Gustave de Vrière in 1886 it passed on to his family. By that time the castle was in a dilapidated state. Gustave then had the old castle demolished and had the present castle built upon its foundations by the architect Heugenbaarts from Mechelen, between 1888 and 1892.

The present castle is built out of white sandstone taken from the demolished defenses of the town of Vilvoorde. It is said that this present castle was built after a castle in the French Loire Valley, although reduced in size, but which one is unknown.

From 1962 until 2017 Zellaer Castle was used as a spiritual reflection center by the Foyer de Charité Association. It is now owned by the local council who are still developing plans for it. At present it doesn't seem to be used. The grounds of the castle are now a public park, the castle itself can not be visited.

So, although this isn't a real castle but a 19th century remake, I still like it because it is a beautiful remake.


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