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Belgium d'Ursel Castle

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d'Ursel Castle

At the origin of the castle d'Ursel, located in the centre of Hingene, lies the stone house of Thibault Barradot, who became steward in Rumst in 1535. The Van de Werve family, owner from 1556 to 1608, converted the stone house of Barradot into a country estate. In 1608 it was bought by Conrad Schetz, baron of Hoboken and lord of Hingene, who adopted the name d'Ursel in 1617. He had works carried out almost immediately, which resulted in a real castle in traditional baking and sandstone style amidst a water surface.

The domain and park were redesigned around 1700-1714. The castle was also thoroughly rebuilt at that time. It was only then that it got its current ground plan.

The castle of Hingene remained for centuries the country residence of the noble family d'Ursel. In more than two hundred years, the appearance of the castle changed several times. What once started out as a modest rectangle building, took on a baroque appearance along the way and ended up classicist, each time according to the prevailing fashion. The garden underwent the same evolution. The castle was given its striking yellow colour as early as the eighteenth century by the architect Servandoni and is still a beautifully preserved example of life in that century.

In 1994, the building, gardens and park estate became the property of the province of Antwerp. In 2000 it was protected as a landscape.

Travel Information

Route N16 in the immediate area.
Parking within walking distance
Crowd Factor A decent amount of people
Best Timing All timings are equally good
Sunrise & Sunset 08:22 - 16:41 | current local time: 16:25
Locations Hingene
Photo Themes Castlewater castle
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