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    Castle - Kasteel - Château Beersel
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    Castle of Beersel - A medieval initiation.

    by breughel Updated Apr 19, 2009

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    Ce château médiéval, à quelques Km au sud de Bruxelles, a été pour beaucoup d'enfants de cette ville un premier contact avec des fortifications réelles du Moyen Age. D'autant plus que la porte de Hal et son musée sont fermés depuis de nombreuses années.
    J'ai visité le château de Beersel quand j'étais adolescent, nous l'avons revisité avec nos enfants et sommes maintenant retournés avec notre petite fille.

    Je dois dire à mon regret que ce fut une déception. Les travaux de restauration en cours depuis 2007 ont vidé les douves de leur eau et démonté le pont en bois qui permettait l'accès au dessus de l'eau. Ce qui faisait le charme de cette forteresse entourée d'eau a ainsi disparu.
    D'autre part, et ceci est pire, l'intérieur semble laissé à l'abandon. Les déjections de pigeon s'accumulent aux étages supérieurs des trois tours. Les escaliers sans la moindre main courante sont dangereux pour les enfants et les seniors. Des accidents se seraient produits et font que le château est interdit aux visites de groupes d'enfants.
    A l'entrée du château il y a des panneaux explicatifs fort intéressants mais uniquement en Néerlandais. A l'intérieur il n'y a aucune notice explicative.

    Pour préparer votre visite il vaut mieux consulter les sites internet. L'officiel de la commune de Beersel est très bien documenté (uniquement en Néerlandais). Il existe des sites web en Français.
    Une petite documentation est en vente à l'entrée.

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    This medieval castle, a few Km south of Brussels, has been for many young people of this city the first contact with real stones from the middle ages.
    I visited the castle of Beersel when I was a teenager, my wife and I visited it with our children and now with our grand child.
    I must say to my regret that it was a disappointment. Works of restoration since 2007 emptied the moat of its water and dismounted the wooden bridge over that water. What made the charm of this fortress surrounded by water thus disappeared.

    In addition, and this is worse, the interior seems left with abandonment. The dejections of pigeons accumulate on the upper floors of the three towers. The staircases without any handrail are dangerous for the children and the seniors. As a consequence of accidents visiting the castle with groups of children is not allowed.

    At the entry of the castle there are extremely interesting explanatory panels but only in Dutch. Inside there is not a single explanatory notice.
    To prepare your visit it is better to consult Internet sites. The official one of the district of Beersel is very well documented but only in Dutch. Good info in NL, FR and EN on www.clubneptune.be/CHATEAU.htm. A small documentation is on sale at the entry.

    Open:
    From 1/03 - 15/11 each day, except Monday, 10 - 12 h & 14 - 18 h.
    From 16/11 - 31/12 only on Saturday & Sunday, 10 - 12 h & 14 - 18 h.
    From 1 - 28/02 only on Saturday & Sunday, 10 - 12 h & 14 - 18 h.
    Closed in January & 25 - 27/12

    Price: 2,50 €;
    Children -12 year and seniors +60 : 1,25 €; Groups min 15 persons: 1 €

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    "Le Trésor de Beersel" comic strip.

    by breughel Written Apr 18, 2009

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    There is a comics trip (called over here "bande dessinée" or BD) on Beersel with the famous "Bob et Bobette" or "Suske en Wiske" (in Flemish) who competed with Tintin and Spirou in what we consider in Western Europe as an art.
    The hero of this historical comic strip is Lambik who does all the work as usual in the nearly 300 Suske en Wiske (Spike and Suzy) comic books by the very good Willy Vandersteen.

    As a child I had a lot of pleasure following each week his stories in "Ons Volkske" a youth supplement of a Flemish weekly magazine. Vandersteen published more than 1000 comic books. He also worked for the magazine Tintin - Kuifje which published the works of Hergé.
    The "Schat van Beersel - Le Trésor de Beersel" comic book uses time travelling jumping back in the history of the castle. The assault of the castle by the Brussels militia in 1489 as shown by Vandersteen is well documented.

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    Castle of Beersel - History.

    by breughel Written Apr 17, 2009

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    Construite vers 1300 cette forteresse constituait une défense avancée de Bruxelles. Elle appartint pendant plusieurs siècles aux Witthem.
    Le paradoxe veut que la seule fois où ce château fut enlevé ce fût par les Bruxellois en 1489 lors d'un épisode de guerre civile contre l'empereur Maximilien d' Autriche. Les Bruxellois reçurent l'appui de l'artillerie française. En concentrant les tirs sur une partie des murailles ils parvinrent à la détruire.
    Notons qu'à la fin du conflit les Bruxellois durent payer la reconstruction. A cette époque le dessus des trois tours était plat. Au XVIIe siècle, le château appartient alors aux Arenberg, les tours sont surmontées de très belles toitures en ardoises avec pignons à redans que nous voyons aujourd'hui.
    Le château fut laissé à l'abandon et enfin cédé par les de Grunne - de Merode à l'association "Les amis du Château de Beersel" dirigé par Pelgrims de Bigard qui entreprirent d'imposants travaux de restauration achevés en 1928. Depuis 1948, le château est la propriété de l’Association Royale des Demeures Historiques et Jardins de Belgique.
    C'est cet aspect du château que moi-même adolescent et plus tard mes enfants ont pu admirer avant les nouvelles restaurations débutées par la commune de Beersel devenue exploitante du château en 1999. Le château reste ouvert mais l'aspect actuel est peu engageant par comparaison avec mes souvenirs.

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    Built around 1300 this fortress constituted an advanced defence of Brussels. It belonged during several centuries to the Witthem.
    The only time where this castle was taken it was by the militia of Brussels in 1489 at the time of an episode of civil war against the emperor Maximilian of Austria. The people of Brussels received the support of French artillery. By concentrating the shootings on a part of the walls they managed to destroy it.
    At the end of the conflict the inhabitants of Brussels had to pay the rebuilding. At that time the top of the three towers was flat.
    In the 17th century, the castle belonged to the Arenberg family. The very beautiful roofs on the towers are their contribution.

    Later the castle was left with abandonment and finally yielded by the de Grunne - de Merode nobleman to an association “The Friends of the Castle of Beersel” directed by Pelgrims de Bigard who undertook the imposing work of restoration completed in 1928.
    Since 1948, the castle is the property of the Royal Association of the Historical Residences and Gardens of Belgium. As a teenager, and later with my children, I could admire the results of that restoration work from 1928.
    In 1999 the district of Beersel became operator of the castle and started a renovation keeping the castle open but under poor conditions for the visitors.

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    castle

    by el_ruso Written Aug 25, 2007
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    The castle, located just South from Brussels, was constructed in 1310 to control access to the city.

    Access is E2.50. There is not much inside, but you can wander the central court, or go up one of our tires and walk along the restored covered ramparts. The area around the castle is beautiful: hills and forests.

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