Trazegnies Castle

Trazegnies Castle, locally known as Château de Trazegnies, lies in the town of the same name, in the province of Hainaut in the Wallonia region in Belgium.

It is not to be confused with its namesake in Berzée, in the province of Namur also in the Wallonia region in Belgium.

Trazegnies Castle was first mentioned in 1155. It was probably built some decades before by a Gilles I de Trazegnies. It would become a powerful and independent seigniory located at the borders of the Duchy of Brabant, County of Hainaut and Principality of Liège.

The Trazegnies family was a well known family; several members participated in the Crusades and one of them became High Constable of France under the reign of Louis IX. Jean III de Trazegnies became a Knight in the Order of the Golden Fleece in 1515 and was sent to Portugal, in 1525, to marry by proxy Isabella of Portugal, on behalf of Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor.

The medieval fortress that was Trazegnies Castle was burnt and destroyed in 1554 by the troops of Henry II, King of France. At the end of the 16th century the castle was rebuilt. Only the lower part of the gate building dates back to the medieval castle from the 13th century.

In the beginning of the 17th century Gillion-Othon de Trazegnies built the main building of the present castle in Louis XIII style architecture. When the last Marquess of Trazegnies died, the castle went to his niece. Later it was sold to a coal company, who parcelled it out and sold it to private individuals. In 1913 the castle was left to the State.

By 1926 the neglected castle had fallen to ruin and plans were made to photograph it and then tear it down. Luckily this didn't happen and a society was created with the purpose of preserving the castle. During the 20th century, what was left of the castle was restored to its present appearance.

Trazegnies Castle, locally known as Château de Trazegnies, lies in the town of the same name, in the province of Hainaut in the Wallonia region in Belgium.

At present Trazegnies Castle is used for cultural purposes and houses several cultural and communal offices. The grounds of the castle can be visited freely.

A nice castle but what a strange choice of color for the wall paint...


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Trazegnies Castle

Trazegnies Castle, locally known as Château de Trazegnies, lies in the town of the same name, in the province of Hainaut in the Wallonia region in Belgium.

It is not to be confused with its namesake in Berzée, in the province of Namur also in the Wallonia region in Belgium.

Trazegnies Castle was first mentioned in 1155. It was probably built some decades before by a Gilles I de Trazegnies. It would become a powerful and independent seigniory located at the borders of the Duchy of Brabant, County of Hainaut and Principality of Liège.

The Trazegnies family was a well known family; several members participated in the Crusades and one of them became High Constable of France under the reign of Louis IX. Jean III de Trazegnies became a Knight in the Order of the Golden Fleece in 1515 and was sent to Portugal, in 1525, to marry by proxy Isabella of Portugal, on behalf of Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor.

The medieval fortress that was Trazegnies Castle was burnt and destroyed in 1554 by the troops of Henry II, King of France. At the end of the 16th century the castle was rebuilt. Only the lower part of the gate building dates back to the medieval castle from the 13th century.

In the beginning of the 17th century Gillion-Othon de Trazegnies built the main building of the present castle in Louis XIII style architecture. When the last Marquess of Trazegnies died, the castle went to his niece. Later it was sold to a coal company, who parcelled it out and sold it to private individuals. In 1913 the castle was left to the State.

By 1926 the neglected castle had fallen to ruin and plans were made to photograph it and then tear it down. Luckily this didn't happen and a society was created with the purpose of preserving the castle. During the 20th century, what was left of the castle was restored to its present appearance.

Trazegnies Castle, locally known as Château de Trazegnies, lies in the town of the same name, in the province of Hainaut in the Wallonia region in Belgium.

At present Trazegnies Castle is used for cultural purposes and houses several cultural and communal offices. The grounds of the castle can be visited freely.

A nice castle but what a strange choice of color for the wall paint...


Gallery

View the embedded image gallery online at:
http://www.castles.nl/trazegnies-castle#sigFreeIdac0e59fc21