Castle of Gaasbeek

Location show on map

Gaasbeek

  • Category: castles
  • Section: Castles
The Castle of Gaasbeek, today a national museum, is located in the municipality of Lennik, near Brussels, in the province of Vlaams Brabant, Belgium.

The first fortified castle was erected around 1240 as an outpost for the defense of the city of Brussels and the Duchy of Brabant which found itself menaced by nearby principalities such as the County of Hainaut and the County of Flanders. However in 1388 the Castle was destroyed by the troops of the city of Brussels in revenge for the assassination (commanded by the Lord of Gaasbeek) of Everard 't Serclaes.

At the beginning of the 16th century the Horne family constructed a brick castle on the ruins of the medieval fortress. In 1565 Lamoral, Count of Egmont acquiered the castle and its domain, including 17 villages. The new Lord of Gaasbeek was very unfortunate as he was decapitated three years later, accused of high treason by Philip II of Spain.

In the following centuries the castle was inhabited by different noble families. It obtained its present-day romantic look during a renovation in the years 1887-1898 executed by the architect Charle Albert by order of the Marquess d'Arconati Visconti who owned the castle at the time. His widow Marie Peyrat offered the castle, its collections and its domain to the Belgian State after her death in 1922.

Since 1980 the castle has been owned by the Flemish community (Vlaamse Gemeenschap). The castle contains important art collections housed in lavishly decorated historical rooms. A particular piece of the collection is the authentic testament of the painter Rubens.

The castle and its domain (a park of 50 hectares or 124 acres) are open to the public.

Reviews about Castle of Gaasbeek Add comment

We have no opinion yet :(
Be the first to add a review!
Your opinion
#0
Share your impressions... write something about the place...

Location on map / How to get there

Weather nearby
Today (2 August)
current weather in this location
16,7 ° C
13,5 ° (min)     19,5 ° (max)
4 mm
2,8 m/s
1015 hPa
Tomorrow (3 August)
Tomorrow weather in this location
16,2 ° C
12,3 ° (min)     17,6 ° (max)
15,8 mm
2,9 m/s
1012 hPa
Show forecast for 14 days Source: openweathermap.org
Our website uses cookies to provide you with services at the highest level and for statistical and advertising purposes. By using this site, you agree to the use of cookies, more details in our cookies policy. Close