Aspremont-Lynden Castle

Lanaken, Belgium

Aspremont-Lynden Castle, on the site of a mediaeval predecessor, was constructed by the noble family of d'Aspremont Lynden, Counts of Rekem, in the early 17th century, in the style of the Maasland Renaissance. The building served during the 19th and 20th centuries as a prison and a psychiatric hospital.



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Founded: 17th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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marc wolfs (2 years ago)
Jo Gielissen (2 years ago)
Hugo Vanhilst (3 years ago)
De oorsprong van het kasteel van Rekem dient gezocht te worden in een Karolingische vesting op deze plaats; in de 14de eeuw is deze vesting vervallen, en wordt circa 1350 vervangen door een ovaalvormige burcht van grote afmetingen; deze burcht wordt bewoond tot 1507 en raakt daarna in verval. In 1597 bouwt graaf Herman d'Aspremont-Lynden een zeer ruim waterkasteel in Maasrenaissancestijl, waarvan het nog bestaande gebouw slechts een deel is. In 1792 wordt het gebouw door de Fransen geconfisceerd, ingericht als hospitaal en als dusdanig gebruikt tot 1795; in deze periode wordt het oorspronkelijke complex grotendeels afgebroken, op de nog bestaande gebouwen na. In 1809 wordt het kasteel in gebruik genomen als bedelaarsgesticht, vanaf 1921 als psychiatrische instelling. Grondige restauratie in 1857.
Philip Slangen (3 years ago)
Een mooie plek in verval waar bijzondere tentoonstellingen georganiseerd worden
Dirk Everts (3 years ago)
Geweldige expositie op een geweldige locatie
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