Château de Lavaux-Sainte-Anne

Rochefort, Belgium

The Castle of Lavaux-Sainte-Anne is located in Wallonia near Rochefort. In 1244 Jacques de Wellin de la Vaux built a simple tower in order to monitor the Bavay-Nassogne Roman road at the request of Andage Abbey (now Saint-Hubert). In 1450, Jean II de Berlo commissioned the building of the current castle, initially with three great towers connected by curtain walls. The fourth tower is built in 1500.

In 1630 the castle was bought by the baron Jacques-Renard de Rouveroy, an infantry colonel in the service of Emperor Ferndinand III. Because of the evolution of war tactics the castle's defenses were rendered useless. So he turned it into a country mansion. He took down one curtain wall and remodeled the facade of the inner courtyard into Italian baroque. He also covered the castle in red bricks and added the bulbous roofs.

In 1796 local revolutionaries destroyed the chateau. The banners are removed from the roofs and the coats of arms are attacked with hammers. In 1933 the estate was donated to the non-profit organisation Les Amis du Château de Lavaux-Sainte-Anne created by Baroness Lemonnier, who fully finances the restoration of the site. Today, it is a open to the public.

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Angelo Blasutta (12 months ago)
Amazing castle, both outside and inside. A couple of hours well spent. The only downside - but this is a personal point of view - it's the excessive reference to the hunting (dozens and dozens of stuffed animals).
Maitee Fernandez (13 months ago)
If you are close by it worth the visit! Very weel maintained!
Andrew Self (15 months ago)
Beautiful - but covid closed when I was there.
Phil (2 years ago)
Very interesting and great grounds, plus good staff
Alban Bentein (2 years ago)
If you want to learn about life and especially hunting in the past centuries then this is definitely a good place to visit. But not everyone will like all the stuffed animals on display. The castle and the natural environment are very pleasant to visit though.
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