The Château de Franc-Waret is a château situated in Franc-Waret in the municipality of Fernelmont. A moat girdles the castle. The castle is adorned by French gardens and an English style garden sprawls over 120 hectares of the palace.
The indoor decor is classic 17th and 18th century, and is decorated with furniture, silverware, porcelain and tapestries. There are old books and paintings, a few of them Brueghel's.
A ferme-château, or large fortified farmhouse, existed on the site in the 13th century. In the 16th century the building and the grounds were acquired and refurbished by the de Groesbeeck family, and later used as their summer residence. The 16th century block survives, still with a drawbridge and angle-towers. Around the middle of the 18th century Alexandre François de Groesbeeck ordered the building of a large residential wing in a rural Louis XV style. The whole is surrounded by moats.
At the end of the 18th century the property passed into the possession of the Comtes de Croix, and later of the Comtes d'Andigné who still live there.
The château has beautiful gardens in the formal French style as well as a park in the English style and an orangery.
The interior of the château can be visited by appointment and contains lavishly decorated rooms with fine antique furniture, paintings and tapestries.References:
Considered to be one of the most imposing Roman ruins, Diocletian’s palace is certainly the main attraction of the city of Split. The ruins of palace, built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D., can be found throughout the city. Today the remains of the palace are part of the historic core of Split, which in 1979 was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
While it is referred to as a 'palace' because of its intended use as the retirement residence of Diocletian, the term can be misleading as the structure is massive and more resembles a large fortress: about half of it was for Diocletian's personal use, and the rest housed the military garrison.
The palace has a form of an irregular rectangle with numerous towers on the western, northern, and eastern facades.