Palaces, manors and town halls in Netherlands

Poptaslot

Poptaslot estate was founded in the 16th century. Henricus Popta donated it as a poorhouse in 1712. Between 1906-1908 the main building was restored. Today it is a museum, decorated to the style of 17th and 18th centuries.
Founded: 16th century | Location: Marssum, Netherlands

De Trompenburgh

De Trompenburgh is a 17th-century manor house designed by Daniel Stalpaert and built for Admiral Maarten Tromp, one of the naval heroes of the Dutch Republic. The house is almost entirely surrounded by water and was built to resemble a ship, even with decks and railings. Before the current house was built another buitenplaats had been built by Andries Bicker in 1636. The original house dates back to 1654. Through inherit ...
Founded: 1654 | Location: 's-Graveland, Netherlands

Beverweert Manor

The Neo-Gothic Beverweert Manor was built by baron Van Heeckeren to the site of medieval castle between 1835-1862. Later it has functioned as a school.
Founded: 1835-1862 | Location: Werkhoven, Netherlands

Fogelsangh State

Fogelsangh State (estate) was built in the 17th century to the site of earlier Premonstratensian abbey, which was confiscated to the state in 1580. Today Fogelsangh and its English style park are open to the public.
Founded: 17th century | Location: Veenklooster, Netherlands

Allersmaborg

Allersmaborg manor castle dates from the 15th century. The three-winged building is surrounded by a moat. The northern wing dates from the 16th century and eastern wing from 1720. Today Allersmaborg is a conference center.
Founded: 15th century | Location: Ezinge, Netherlands

Wedderborg

The Wedderborg first building was built shortly after 1362 by Egge Addinga. Today the main building is surrounded by a moat and consists of a 14th-century cellar, a 15th-century wing, and a 16th-century wing and tower. The Wedderborg is currently used as a hotel and restaurant.
Founded: 1362 | Location: Wedde, Netherlands

Bolenstein Manor

The history of Bolenstein estate dates back to 1340. The current palace manor was built in 1825.
Founded: 1825 | Location: Maarssenbroek, Netherlands

Epemastate

The first stone building on the site of current Epemastate was built in the 13th century, but it was demolished already around 1450. The current mansion was built between 1620-1625 by Albada family. The English park was founded in 1825. Today Epemastate offers restaurant and wedding services.
Founded: 1620-1625 | Location: Ysbrechtum, Netherlands

Dekemastate Manor

Dekemastate country estate was built in the 14th century, at which time the house was a fortified dwelling. The first mention of the estate is from the year 1486. It was originally a rectangular stone house (called a stins in Frisian), and has been rebuilt since. Its owners include the Camstra family, the heiress of which married Hette van Dekema in the 16th century who gave the estate its current name. Other owners are V ...
Founded: 14th century | Location: Jelsum, Netherlands

Huis ten Bosch

Huis ten Bosch ('House in the Woods') is a royal palace and one of three official residences of the Dutch Royal Family. Construction of Huis ten Bosch began in 1645, under the direction of Bartholomeus Drijffhout, and to a design by Pieter Post and Jacob van Campen. It was commissioned by Amalia von Solms, the wife of stadtholder Frederick Henry, on a parcel of land granted to her by the States General. The first stone wa ...
Founded: 1645 | Location: Hague, Netherlands

Hagen Manor

Hagen estate was established in the Middle Ages by the Gentry family. The current manor was built after a fire in 1656.
Founded: 1656 | Location: Doetinchem, Netherlands

Iwemastins

Iwemastins was built around 1400 by the Iwema family. It is the only stins (Friedland are name for former stronghold or villa) in Groeningen region. The last major restoration was made in the early 1800s. Today the estate is in private use and not open to the public.
Founded: 1400 | Location: Niebert, Netherlands

Liauckama State

Liauckama State was built in 1862 to the site of old fortified manor from the 15th century. The gatehouse from 1604 has survived.
Founded: 1862 | Location: Sexbierum, Netherlands

Piloersemaborg

The Piloersemaborg manor castle was built in 1633 for Johan de Mepsche. After the De Mepsche family left the borg, the building was used for farming. The building, the interior, and the estate are currently owned by the foundation Wierenga van Hamsterborg. Since 2005, the building houses a restaurant of Dick Soek.
Founded: 1633 | Location: Den Ham, Netherlands

Harsta State

Harsta State manor was first time mentioned in 1511, but the current appearance dates mainly from the 19th century.
Founded: 19th century | Location: Hegebeintum, Netherlands

Rensumaborg

Rensumaborg estate was known already in the 16th century, but the current manor dates mainly from the restoration made in 1710.
Founded: 1710 | Location: Uithuizermeeden, Netherlands

Hatert Manor

Until recently very little was known about the building history of Huis Hatert. The tower was probably built in the second half of the 14th century. The west and south sides of the building show signs of walls that were once attached to the tower, which makes it likely that the tower used to form a part of a greater complex and that it served as a gate tower located on one of the corners of a lager castle. Its relatively ...
Founded: 14th century | Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands

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Externsteine Stones

The Externsteine (Extern stones) is a distinctive sandstone rock formation located in the Teutoburg Forest, near the town of Horn-Bad Meinberg. The formation is a tor consisting of several tall, narrow columns of rock which rise abruptly from the surrounding wooded hills. Archaeological excavations have yielded some Upper Paleolithic stone tools dating to about 10,700 BC from 9,600 BC.

In a popular tradition going back to an idea proposed to Hermann Hamelmann in 1564, the Externsteine are identified as a sacred site of the pagan Saxons, and the location of the Irminsul (sacral pillar-like object in German paganism) idol reportedly destroyed by Charlemagne; there is however no archaeological evidence that would confirm the site's use during the relevant period.

The stones were used as the site of a hermitage in the Middle Ages, and by at least the high medieval period were the site of a Christian chapel. The Externsteine relief is a medieval depiction of the Descent from the Cross. It remains controversial whether the site was already used for Christian worship in the 8th to early 10th centuries.

The Externsteine gained prominence when Völkisch and nationalistic scholars took an interest in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This interest peaked under the Nazi regime, when the Externsteine became a focus of nazi propaganda. Today, they remain a popular tourist destination and also continue to attract Neo-Pagans and Neo-Nazis.