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  • History of Groot-Bijgaarden Castle

History

The tourists have always admire the beauty of historical monuments and castles. The province of Brabant is home to several of them, which testify to a glorious past. The castle in the village of Grand Bigard (Groot-Bijgaarden), 7 km from Brussels, is surrounded by a large moat, its deep waters reflect the centuries-old beech trees. A five-arch bridge, headed by two heraldic lions from 17th century, leads the visitor to the drawbridge that gives access to the fortified entrance from the 15th century.

The castle itself was built in the 17th century, a vast edifice and a wonderful example of the Flemish Renaissance style. It consists of a long main building in red bricks, contrasting with the white stone windows and the blue slate roof. The chapel, in the right wing, has remained unchanged for the last three centuries. The left wing of the castle is surmounted by a bulb-shaped roof.

The Donjon, built around 1347, is a 30 meter high structure next to the fortified entrance. The tower has four floors and the walls have a thickness of two meters. You will have a panoramic view on its roof terrace from where you can see the Atomium and the city of Brussel.