Montquintin Castle

Rouvroy, Belgium

Montquintin Castle was probably originally designed to defend the southern border of the counts of Chiny. It was built in the 11th century by order of Louis II, Count of Chiny (born 1025). Over the centuries the castle has undergone many changes. The central part was rebuilt the 18th centuryt by the Bishop of Hontheim, last owner. In 1869 a fire destroyed the castle. The basement includes a vaulted cellar, which is very well preserved.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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Didier Boseret (2 years ago)
Château en ruine. Je ne sais pas si il est en restauration. Si on passe par là ça vaut la peine de s'arrêter 5 minutes, mais le tour est très vite fait. Wikipedia : Le château de Montquintin est un ancien château fort féodal situé dans le village belge de Montquintin en province de Luxembourg et Lorraine gaumaise. Les ruines, sises sur une butte témoin dominant la vallée du Ton, font actuellement l'objet d'un programme de restauration.
Marc Durant (3 years ago)
Sympa et joli
Joël Huwaert (3 years ago)
Superbe château
Brad Halpin (3 years ago)
Interesting ruins of a small medieval castle situated on a picturesque hillside. Unfortunately it's currently closed for renovations due to be completed sometime at the end of 2018. It's worth a stop by to view the outside if you happen to be nearby.
Samir Hajrulahović (4 years ago)
Historic interesant place in ruin
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