Groot-Bijgaarden Castle

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Groot-Bijgaarden Castle
Brussels, Belgium
Kasteel van Groot-Bijgaarden (5614581764).jpg
Coordinates 50°52′23″N 4°15′50″E / 50.873°N 4.264°E / 50.873; 4.264Coordinates: 50°52′23″N 4°15′50″E / 50.873°N 4.264°E / 50.873; 4.264
Type Castle
Site information
Site history
Built 1300

Groot-Bijgaarden Castle (Dutch: Kasteel Groot-Bijgarden, French: Château de Grand-Bigard) is 12th-century castle in Groot-Bijgaarden in the municipality of Dilbeek, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. The castle was built for Almaric Bigard, the first lord of Bigard.

Architecture[edit]

Construction began in the early 12th century.

The castle is surrounded by a wide moat spanned by a bridge with five arches, leading to the drawbridge. The central part of the gatehouse dates from the 14th century.

A four-storey tower (the "dungeon", built 1347), 30 metres high, is by the side of the gatehouse.

The castle is in the Flemish Renaissance style, with red brick and a slate roof.

In 1902, the castle was very dilapidated and Raymond Pelgrims Bigard began renovations that lasted 30 years.

Flower exhibition at Groot-Bijgaarden Castle
Flower exhibition at Groot-Bijgaarden Castle

Parks and gardens[edit]

Garden architect Louis Fuchs created the 14 hectare park alongside the castle at the start of the 20th century. The park is open in spring every year since 2003 for an international flower exhibition with tulips from the Netherlands.

External links[edit]

  • [1], official website

See also[edit]