Castle in Bonheiden



“There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.”

BY GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON

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It will be up to my imagination, it can't help, but this water castle from 1885 reminds me of the castle of Sleeping Beauty.

It Zellaer castle named after its first resident, is located in a 18.5 ha castle park near Bonheiden, a stone's throw from Mechelen. Numerous other castles have been in the past at the location of the current castle. So the park has a rich history, ideal for the old souls.

Because the park is freely accessible, I had agreed with a friend of mine to catch up for an afternoon, because it was already a long time ago. The excellent weather type - not too hot and not too cold, but dry - for a pleasant nature walk in the castle park and the nearby surroundings.

I had left the camera at home, because my cell phone also gives quite nice results, because there was no doubt able to take a lot of beautiful pictures here.


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The first castle in this place was probably built sometime in the 13th century by Wouter VI Berthout, Lord of Mechelen. Probably in the course of the 17th century, the medieval castle was thoroughly renovated.

In 1836, Zellaer Castle was sold through a public auction. It was eventually bought 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 to his family. By that time, the castle was in a dilapidated state. Gustave had the old castle demolished and had the current castle built on its foundations by the Malinois architect Heugenbaarts, between 1888 and 1892.

The current castle is built of white sandstone from the demolished defenses of the city of Vilvoorde. It is said that this current castle was built on the example of a castle in the French Loire Valley, although narrowed down, but which castle is unknown.

From 1962 to 2017, the Zellaer Castle was used as a spiritual reflection center by the association Foyer de Charité. It is now owned by the municipality that is still developing plans for it. At the moment, it doesn't seem to be used. The grounds of the castle are now a public park, the castle itself cannot be visited, but only by appointment. Do you want to know how, surf to the potentiality .

Although this is not a real castle, but a remake from the 19th century, I still like the Sleeping Beauty Castle.




JUST A SELFIE, STEF SAID MY FRIEND, AS A REMINDER OF A NICE DAY

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