Château Miranda

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Château Miranda
Celles, Namur, Belgium
Castle Miranda front side.JPG
General view of Château Miranda before demolition began in October 2016
TypeNeo-Gothic, Château
Site information
Open to
the public
Site history
Built byEdward Milner

Château Miranda (English: Miranda Castle), also known as Château de Noisy (English: Noisy Castle) was a 19th-century neo-Gothic castle in Celles, province of Namur, Belgium, in the region of the Ardennes. As of October 2017, the chateau has been completely demolished.


The Château was planned and designed in 1866 by the English architect Edward Milner under commission from the Liedekerke-De Beaufort family, who had left their previous home, Vêves Castle, during the French Revolution. Milner died in 1884 before the Château was finished. Construction was completed in 1907 after the clock tower was erected.

Their descendants remained in occupation until World War II. A small portion of the Battle of the Bulge took place on the property, and it was during that time that the Château was occupied by German forces.[citation needed]

In 1950, Château Miranda was renamed "Château de Noisy" when it was taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium (NMBS/SNCB) as an orphanage and also a holiday camp for sickly children. It lasted as a children's camp until the late 1970s.[1]

The Château stood empty and abandoned since 1991 because the costs to maintain it were too great, and a search for investors in the property failed. Although the municipality of Celles had offered to take it over, the family refused, and the enormous building lingered in a derelict state, succumbing to decay and vandalism. Parts of the structure were heavily damaged in a fire and many areas of the ceiling were beginning to collapse. Despite this, it became a favorite venue for Urban Exploration.

Demolition of Château Miranda[edit]

Demolition work began in 2016, amid concern over the structural stability of the building. The demolition took approximately a year, which began in October 2016 with removal of the roof. By October 2017, the chateau had been completely demolished. The last part to be removed, was the iconic central tower[2].


The Château is used as a filming location by the American television series Hannibal. The building is shown as Castle Lecter in Lithuania.[3] The château was also used as a filming location for the Belgian movie "Het huis Anubis en de wraak van Arghus" (English: The house of Anubis and the revenge of Arghus)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sansivero, Bryan (2 January 2015). "Belgium's Abandoned Fairytale Castle". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  2. ^ "The final days of Château Miranda". Obsidian Urbex Photography.
  3. ^ "Hannibal (TV Series): Secondo (2015)". IMDb. Retrieved 20 January 2017.

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Coordinates: 50°13′16″N 4°59′24″E / 50.221°N 4.990°E / 50.221; 4.990