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Some places mean nothing, until you read their history, and the hard work done to keep them. This castle is a good example - just read what I collected in its page:
"Trazegnies was a powerful and independent seigniory located at the borders of the Duchy of Brabant, County of Hainaut and Principality of Liege. Trazegnies was also the birthplace of one of the most famous Families of Europe : several lords of Trazegnies took part in crusades.One of them became High Constable of France under the reign of Louis IX, another one married by proxy of Emperor Charles Quint, princess Isabelle of Portugal.
Jean III became Knight of the Golden Fleece and some of them were granted high functions by the governors of the Netherlands.
The Family of Trazegnies possessed a castel which was worthy of the name. There are only Roman vaults left from the fortress built by Gilles the first, they are a rare testimony from the XIth century.
The fortified Castle was destroyed and burnt in 1554 by the troops of the King of France Henry II. The castle was rebuilt at the end of the XVIth century but the lower part of the small entry castle is a remmant from the XIIIth century. In the beginning of the XVIIth century Gillion-Othon of Trazegnies (picture) had a splendid main building erected which is the jewel of the present castle and a single example in Belgium of the Louis XIII style architecture.
When the last marquis Alexandre died, his niece inherited the property which later was bought by a company of coal-scuttle which parcelled out it before selling it to private individuals who,left it finally to the State in 1913 .
In 1926 , the castle, given up, fell in ruins and one spoke to shave it after having photographed it. Then, at the instigation of the architect Marcel Simon, the Society of "The Friend of the Trazegnies castle" was created. Its aim was the restoration, the preservation, the upkeep and the developing of the monument and its park.
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Written Nov 8, 2011