Moorsel Castle

Aalst, Belgium

Moorsel was owned by the chapter of Dendermonde, probably from 868 on. One of the largest landowners in the region was the Abbey of Affligem, who possessed the church and the parish of Moorsel. Abbot Karl de Croy, Bishop of Tournai, built a water castle at Moorsel in 1546. The renaissance castle is still preserved in its original condition. The castle is constructed was intended as a summer residence for the Karl de Croy.



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Founded: 1546
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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Marc De Bisschop (6 months ago)
Access to the castle and park was not possible, but one of the largest landowners in Moorsel was Affligem Abbey. On one of the abbey domains, Karel Van Croy, Cardinal Abbot of Affligem, and later Bishop of Tournai, had a water castle built. Moorsel Castle, a large four-sided airlock (search via the search), flanked by four corner towers with numerous loopholes, was built in the Renaissance style in the sixteenth century. In 1564 it passed into the hands of the Counts of Hoorne, and in 1636 it was sold to Don Cayro and made a barony. During that period, the castle was thoroughly restored, but the general layout was retained. In 1678, the property went to the Alvelda who sold it in 1702 to the Coxie who brought in works of art and had major repairs carried out, which determined the current appearance. At the end of the 18th century it came into the hands of the Van der Meer family and later the Van der Noot family. Through family ties with the Van der Noot family, the castle was donated to Mr. and Mrs. De Meulenaire-Dessin, who lived in it for a few years and then sold it to the current owner Willy Michiels, also known as the 'Bingo King'. He made his capital with Napoleon Games. After that, the Dutch investment company Waterland bought this game for a whopping 158 million euros. The castle was expertly restored by the current owner and thus saved from destruction.
Christiaan Opalfvens (17 months ago)
Very nice domain. Unfortunately not open to the public. But with the village there is still worth it!
hoe hong guan (2 years ago)
Beautiful place. Don't miss it.
Immortal Serito (2 years ago)
There is no entry into the castle itself. The grounds are gorgeous. A tree lined road winds to an imposing iron gate. The entire castle is surrounded by a moat. A traditional door-drawbridge is the entry. Exhibits are held on the grounds.
Lilia Galaiciuc (2 years ago)
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