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.



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Founded: 15th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Netherlands

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Simone de Vos (2 months ago)
Mooie plek om even een rondje te wandelen. Er is een boomgaard bij.
Gerben Homsma (2 months ago)
Some skilful maintenance will benefit the fruit trees, the NVP association can be of help.
Jurjen Nieboer (2 years ago)
Heel mooi, goed bewaard gebleven middeleeuwse Borg. Af-en-toe te bezoeken. Het Borgterein zelf is vrij toegankelijk. Het is gelegen in het Reitdiepgebied, een zeer bezienswaardig gebied.
Raditya Iswandana (3 years ago)
Good place.
Jeen Guikema (3 years ago)
Een uit de as herrezen prachtige Groninger borg. Ik ging er vroeger met mijn grootmoeder beukennootjes zoeken. Het was toen zwaar verwaarloosd en diep verstopt in de bosschages. We waren dan ook altijd de enige aanwezigen. Het betreden van het terrein was toen nog niet aan de orde. Gelukkig is het nog bijtijds geheel door RUG opgeknapt en in oude luister hersteld. Het terrein is nu ook toegankelijk voor publiek gemaakt. Ook de toen half vergane duiventil is door een nieuw exemplaar vervangen. Tezamen met de mooie singel is de borg een ‘pronkjewail’ op het Groninger land.
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