On the first warm spring day I visited the Gaasbeek castle which is located near Brussels. It is quiet impressive and surrounded by a very beautiful parc.
The fortified castle was built around 1240 to defend the Duchy of Brabant against the County of Flanders. The castle was later destroyed by Brussels city troops.
At the beginning of the 16th century a brick castle was constructed on the ruins of the medieval fortress.
In the following centuries the castle was inhabited by several noble families. It obtained its pseudo-medieval appearance as the result of a renovation during the years 1887-1898.
Since 1980 the castle has been owned by the Flemish Community and became a museum. The authentic testament of the famous painter Peter Paul Rubens is exposed in there.
The castle and its park are of 50 hectares or 124 acres. (you can read more about it here)
and the crest above the entrance
one of the towers
inside, the entrance to the museum
a beautiful iron door
The inner court
all around the castle is a moat, now without water
The entrance doesn't seem to be used very often !
everywhere were mirrors as signs in form of a lady rider which explained the way to go and the explanations of the places.
and the huge wonderful parc.