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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Hugo Vanhilst (2 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.
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