Ooidonk Castle

Deinze, Belgium

Ooidonk Castle is the residence of the current Count t'Kint de Roodenbeke. A fortress was first built on the site of the present castle in 1230, intended to defend the city of Ghent and to fortify the river Leie. This fortress was owned by Nikolaas van Hoendunc, lord of Nevele.

After it was destroyed by Louis de Male, count of Flanders, Jean de Fosseux rebuilt and enlarged the fortress from 1381 onwards, adding moats, so that the castle could only be reached by drawbridge, and strengthening the defences with four towers.

In the 15th century the castle came into the possession of the well-known French noble family of Montmorency, when Jeanne de Fosseux married Jean de Montmorency.

In 1526 Philippe II de Montmorency-Nivelle, the well-known rebel, son of Joseph de Montmorency, Seigneur de Nivelle (died 1530) and of Anna of Egmond, was probably born at Ooidonk Castle. After the death of his father, his mother married Count Jan van Hoorn, who adopted her children. Philippe thus became known as Count Hoorn. He opposed the Spanish rule in the Netherlands and was finally decapitated in 1568 in Brussels.

In the turmoil of religious wars the castle was destroyed twice, in 1491 and in 1579. After the fire of 1579 it was rebuilt again, and this building survives as the present castle.

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Ooidonkdreef 9, Deinze, Belgium
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Founded: 1579
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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tom de wulf (20 months ago)
Lovely park and nice owners
Bert Naudts (2 years ago)
Really loved this place! Had a beautifull walk here. Possibility to drink and relax. So close to Ghent still so green. Perfect for dogs and short/middle long walks.
jeff hayes (2 years ago)
there are several great events here every year
Sophia Cardon (2 years ago)
A lovely castle and a unique experience. The castle has a lot of history about it. I enjoyed the guided tour although my guide didn't speak English very well.
Denver Dude (2 years ago)
This is a very beautiful castle. Rebuilt in 1595, it has a unique style to it. Quite large with warm garden. Only problem is that you can't actually go inside. Still worth a visit.
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