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Belgium Rattennest Castle

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The first mention of Rattennest Castle (then called Groenenborch) dates from 1426. It was almost completely destroyed in 1583.

The wealthy banker family Spinola, originally from Genoa but living in Antwerp, used this enormous estate as a country house. In 1688, a Spinola descendant sold the castle.

On 21 June 1741, the castle 'Groenenborch alias den Rattennest' and the accompanying grounds were sold on the Vrijdagmarkt in Antwerp.

The present building dates from the first half of the 18th century and was restored in 1807.

During and after the Second World War, the estate was severely neglected. It was largely parcelled out in 1948. The castle and part of the original estate remained untouched. Around 1950, the court pond and outer moat were filled in.

In 1981, the castle was protected as a monument.
Crowd Factor Nearly no other people
Best Timing All timings are equally good
Sunrise & Sunset 07:23 - 20:10 | current local time: 18:41
Photo Themes Castle
Locations Hove
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