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Belgium Castle of the lords of Hoogstraten

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The history of the castle dates back to the 9th century. Originally it was limited to a wooden residential tower with a defensive moat. It was probably converted into a stone castle at the end of the 12th century. At the beginning of the 15th century, it was rebuilt in the Gothic style.

Between 1581 and 1768, the castle was almost completely destroyed by fire three times. Each time it was rebuilt.

In 1796 it was attacked, looted and partly demolished by the French. The remaining part served as gendarmerie barracks and accommodation for the justice of the peace. From 1810, part of the castle also served as a beggar's place. The seizure was partially lifted in 1815 by the Dutch king William.

After being handed over to the Belgian state, the military guard left the castle. The former barracks were converted into a monastery and guesthouse, and retained this function until 1930.
Between 1914 and 1924, the nurse norbertinesses cared for 700 nerve patients there.

Since 1931, the castle has served as a Penitentiary School Centre.
Crowd Factor Nearly no other people
Best Timing Fall
Sunrise & Sunset 08:22 - 16:37 | current local time: 04:00
Photo Themes Castle
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