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Binderveld Castle

Binderveld Castle was first time mentioned in 1135 when it was owned by Olderic van Bilrevelt , who received the loan in 1135. The castle was rebuilt in 1635-1653 by Hieronymus Van Copis. The castle was again destroyed in 1637, now by State troops. Moreover, in 1728 the castle burned out completely due to an accident. It was rebuilt again in 1729. Only the gate tower and the residence have been preserved. In 1865 the draw ...
Founded: 1729 | Location: Nieuwerkerken, Belgium

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Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle

Easter Aquhorthies stone circle, located near Inverurie, is one of the best-preserved examples of a recumbent stone circle, and one of the few that still have their full complement of stones. It consists of a ring of nine stones, eight of which are grey granite and one red jasper. Two more grey granite stones flank a recumbent of red granite flecked with crystals and lines of quartz. The circle is particularly notable for its builders' use of polychromy in the stones, with the reddish ones situated on the SSW side and the grey ones opposite.

The placename Aquhorthies derives from a Scottish Gaelic word meaning 'field of prayer', and may indicate a 'long continuity of sanctity' between the Stone or Bronze Age circle builders and their much later Gaelic successors millennia later. The circle's surroundings were landscaped in the late 19th century, and it sits within a small fenced and walled enclosure. A stone dyke, known as a roundel, was built around the circle some time between 1847 and 1866–7.