Hasselbroek Castle

Gingelom, Belgium

Hasselbroek Castle is a 17th-century country house in Hasselbroek, in Jeuk, a part of the municipality of Gingelom.

The building was constructed in a U-shape. The right wing in Maasland Renaissance style dates from 1620. Architect Jacques Barthelemy Renoz, born in Liège (1729–1786) built the neoclassical wing main building in 1770. The left wing was for the use of dependencies.

The castle was built by the Bormans van Hasselbroek family. Jean-Henri Bormans of Hasselblad Broek (1706–1774) undertook a variety of expansions and improvements. He was personal advisor to Prince-Bishop Franciscus Karel de Velbrück.

Architect Jacques Barthelemy Renoz, born in Liège (1729–1786) built the neoclassical wing in 1770.



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Founded: 1620
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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pelegrin joseph (9 months ago)
Siegfried Busscher (11 months ago)
Beautiful estate of the first head of state of the kingdom of Belgium, Regent Erasme Louis Surlet de Chokier. Unfortunately not open to the public. From the street you can see the forecourt and the three facades of the beautiful palace. Nice to go up to the gate from the street if you are walking or cycling in the area.
Claire Bronckaerts (2 years ago)
Hugo Vanhilst (3 years ago)
Het landgoed van circa 27 hectare met kasteelpark en parkbos in continentale landschappelijke stijl dateert uit het derde kwart van de 19de eeuw en vormt het eindpunt van een interessante evolutie die tot omstreeks 1710-1715 teruggaat. Het was het goed van Baron Erasmus Louis Surlet de Chokier, regent van België in 1831. Het neoclassicistisch getint U-vormig kasteelcomplex met staatsieplein werd in 1855 gebouwd. De voorganger van dit kasteel kwam reeds in 1758 in handen van de Luikse familie Surlet de Chokier. De eerste eigenaar van het huidige kasteel was Erasme Louis Surlet de Chokier, het eerste staatshoofd (in 1831), als regent, van de zojuist ontstane staat België.
Hugo Vanstraelen (3 years ago)
The estate of approximately 27 hectares with castle park and park forest in continental landscape style dates from the third quarter of the 19th century and forms the end of an interesting evolution that goes back to around 1710-1715. It was the good of Baron Erasmus Louis Surlet de Chokier, regent of Belgium in 1831. The neoclassical tinted U-shaped castle complex with state square was built in 1855. The predecessor of this castle already came into the hands of the Liege family Surlet de Chokier in 1758. The first owner of the current castle was Erasme Louis Surlet de Chokier, the first head of state (in 1831), as regent, of the newly created state of Belgium.
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