Anvaing Castle (Château d'Anvaing or Château de Lannoy) is a historic residence in Frasnes-lez-Anvaing. The site has been occupied by a castle since the time of the First Crusade. The first known reference dates from 1127. There is little documentation of the buildings on the site however until the reconstructions of 1561 and 1800. The owners were apparently the Roubaix family, judging from the arms on an early part of the building, and later the de Lannoy family whose descendants still own it. Stéphanie de Lannoy, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, grew up in the castle.

The castle is chiefly notable as the place in which the Belgian capitulation was signed on 28 May 1940, during the Battle of the Lys. At the time, it served as the headquarters of the German 6th Army. The Belgian plenipotentiaries arrived at the castle at 9:35 am. Shortly afterwards, General Olivier Derousseaux and Commandant Liagre were received by General Walther von Reichenau and Major-General Friedrich Paulus. Discussions took place in the dining room. At 10:00 am, the surrender became effective. The document was read and signed. In celebration, a German officer fired a gunshot into the ceiling which is still present.

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Founded: 1561
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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Dany Goessens (4 years ago)
Beautiful privately owned castle and not to be visited. Owned by an old noble family.
Tommy Tytgat (4 years ago)
great view
yves van schepdael (4 years ago)
We did an evening walk there and the place is absolutely beautiful.
Caroline Jansen (4 years ago)
Nice walk around. Beautiful park
Roseline Gomar (5 years ago)
The very beautiful nature, shame not visit castle
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