Elst Castle Ruins

Duffel, Belgium

Elst castle ruins in Duffel is one of the oldest buildings in the province of Antwerp. The oldest reference dates from the 12th century. At that time castle was owned by the brothers Hildincshusen. From 1356 until the French Revolution in 1789 the castle was owned by the Tongerlo Abbey and was inhabited by the steward. It was also used as a residence for the nobility. In 1584 the castle burned down and was then rebuilt. In the late 16th century it was a vicarage.

According to 17th- and 18th-century drawings Elst castle was a large building surrounded by moat and gardens. In 1799 the castle was sold to Louis Hermans showed demolish three of the four main buildings of the complex and restored the wing part with the towers. During the First World War the castle was badly damaged.

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Ter Elstlei 16, Duffel, Belgium
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Ruins in Belgium

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Andy Evans (11 months ago)
There are some deer and birds nearby that added to the experience. Consensus was that the pheasant was the most beautiful.
Joris Vochten (14 months ago)
Beautiful quite place to enjoy the evening sunset.
Slick Bogs (2 years ago)
Nice place to visit. Not so many attractions.
H Leigh (2 years ago)
Love old places like this
Liesbeth Gijs (2 years ago)
Prachtige plaats. Ook zeker eens langs de herten passeren!
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