Château of Val-Duchesse

Auderghem, Belgium

The Château of Val-Duchesse is a former priory owned by the Belgian Royal Trust. The priory for women was founded in 1262 by Adelaide of Burgundy, Duchess of Brabant, widow of Henry III, Duke of Brabant. 'Duchess Adelaide' gave her name to the place Val Duchesse or Hertoginnedal. It was the first priory for women in the Low Countries that followed the rule of Saint Dominic and was generously donated by Aleydis and other noble ladies. According to her wish Aleydis' heart was interred at a mausoleum today disappeared.

The priory further flourished and gained considerable wealth thanks to the generous gifts of numerous royal persons and noble families. In 1650 a wall was erected to protect the diverse edifices of the priory. The present-day château was built as a residence for the prioress in 1780.

Château of Val-Duchesse played an important role as a venue for negotiations in Belgian and European politics after World War II. In 1956, Paul Henri Spaak lead the Intergovernmental Conference on the Common Market and Euratom at the château, which prepared the Treaties of Rome in 1957 and the foundation of the European Economic Community and Euratom in 1958. The first formal meeting of the Hallstein Commission, the first European Commission, under the presidency of Walter Hallstein, was held on 16 January 1958 at the château.

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Founded: 1780
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Belgium

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Daniel Van Acker (4 years ago)
Superbe endroit mais uniquement visible qu'à certaines occasions
mehidi lahouari (4 years ago)
Très beaux parc, à visiter absolument
Alexandra Limage (4 years ago)
Prachtig domein met een enorme tuin waarin de priorij en het kasteel gelegen zijn. Ik kreeg de kans om het kasteel te bezoeken en voeg hier enkele foto's toe die voor zichzelf spreken. Een parel!
Ward Sadones (4 years ago)
Euh, wel moeilijk om er te geraken..... Fantastisch domein !!!
Andrii Kryzhyk (4 years ago)
The place is closed and there is no information anywhere about this :(
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