Château de Flers

Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France

The Château de Flers is located in Villeneuve d'Ascq, in the Nord department of France.  The château, completed in 1661, is very characteristic of the Flemish architecture of the 17th century. From 1667 to 1747, it belonged to the De Kessel family, the Seigneurs of Flers. In 1747, Philippe André de Baudequin, seigneur of Sainghin, obtains the seigneurie of Flers and the château from his De Kessel cousin. In 1770, Marie-Claire-Josephe de Baudequin married count Ladislas de Diesbach. When his wife died in 1791, he inherits the château and he will be the last seigneur of Flers.

Around 1787, the château was modified: the mullions of the windows were removed, the French ceilings were replaced by box-section ceilings, and new chimneys were built. The original drawbridge was replaced by a new one, which still exists. The archway arcade is from this time. During the French revolution, the family emigrated. The château, entrusted to the care of the former gardener, fell in disrepair and was eventually converted into a farmhouse.

Four rooms in the basement were doing up an archeologic museum in 1991. The museum hosts also temporarily exhibitions, about archeology, local history and regional ethography.



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Founded: 1661
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Peter Agoston (Petros The Musician) (5 months ago)
Beautifully restored flandres style castle. Various events happen here & a small museum offers local curiosities in the basement. A must go!
Eric Di bernardo (3 years ago)
Magnificent 17th century residence, built in 1661 probably on the foundations of a medieval castle, this building benefited from a first conservation restoration by EPALE, in the 1980s, then was completely rehabilitated under the control of the architect Salembier. It is a typical Flanders architecture, with sparrow steps and predominantly bricks, Lezennes stone window frames and sandstone bases. Its restoration is completely successful. The east wing has disappeared. The basement houses an archaeological museum.
Lenin Solano Ambía (3 years ago)
Excellent place with a tourist office with very friendly people who give a magnificent explanation. Recommended!!!
Baptiste CARLIER (5 years ago)
I went there with my daughter during the Christmas market. ? It's not exceptional but pleasant and it makes for a short outing in Villeneuve d'Ascq. ?
Marc Jeansou (5 years ago)
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