Friday, 17 August 2012

Castle Heeswijk Dinther

Good friends who have lived in Christchurch in the past, took us to castle Heeswijk Dinther. Holland has many castles. They were build in the early middle ages as protection against enemies. Castle Heeswijk Dinther started off as a motte in 1080. The castle was built on top of it.  In the 15th century gunpowder was used to attack the castles and it was no longer safe. Many castles as well as Heeswijck Dinther fell into decay. People retreated behind the city walls of 's-Hertogenbosch for safety. A massive reconstruction started when the André Baron van den Bogaerde van Terbrugge bought the castle in 1835 and he and his sons started a huge art collection. The castle is now a museum.

A beautiful castle surrounded by a moat and complete with draw bridge.

The castle was a good protection but difficult to get out to get food when it was attacked.

and this side is pretty as well

You can now drink coffee in front of the former coach house

There are still many art pieces left in the castle but many disappeared
in the past because of hereditary right.
 
This is the part were the servants lived. There were many bell in here which were connected to the rooms. When someone was hungry they just rang the bell.

11 comments:

  1. Honestly, Marja. THIS is what a fairytale looks like. What a dream.

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  2. Oh, I love castles! One day, I hope to get to see many of the European ones in person. This one is absolutely stunning. Thanks so much for posting your shots.

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  3. What a picturesque castle. I've never been to one that still has its moat and drawbridge.

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  4. The castle looked a little like Hoggwarts.

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  5. Grappig ook een kasteel. Deze is wel mooier dan Loevestein en ingericht.

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  6. So glad this beauty was restored.

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  7. A beautiful castle and an interesting history. It is so good that it has been restored and open to the public.

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  8. I can easily imagine Rapunzel letting her hair down from the tallest tower of such a lovely castle. Interesting point about the difficulties in getting necessities into the building. It seems people were protected but also trapped inside when attacked.

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  9. It looks like a fairytale castle! What fun to visit this historical gem!

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  10. Hi Marja .. what a lovely looking castle - now museum - sounds fascinating.

    We lived in a house with bells in all the rooms .. and my uncle did too - but his sons got them to work, and installed an interior phone etc .. comes of being engineers I guess!

    Loved seeing these photos .. cheers Hilary

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  11. This Castle is Beautiful Marja, love it.. thank you for sharing your lovely photos Sue xx

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