This building is an example of Flanders renaissance. It is also called Kaasterkasteel. It was built around 1538 by Thomas de Thiennes and his wife Margareta d'Harméricourt.
The chapel, the sixsided tower, the central L-shaped building and the two little headless towers date back to that time. The four towers at the south side date to the 17th century. The gates date back to 1731.
The family Thiennes owned the castle untill 1856. From then the castle and the forrest ( Sterrebos) next to it belong to the Limburg-Stirum family. It is privately owned and not open to the public.
In the beautiful arsenal building the national bicycle museum is housed.
It showes the earliest bicycles and the racing bicycles of today.
Working at the information desk is Freddy Maertens, once a famous belgian bicyclist.
Roeselare and cycling have a strong bond together. They once had a worldchampion, who was tragically killed during a race at the age of 22. His name was Jean-Pierre Monseré. Roeselare also produced the first belgian cyclist that won the Tour de France: Odiel Defraeye(1912)
The museum is open from february to december 15th, tuesday to saturday 13:30-17:00.
Rodenbach . . . . . no, no not only the beer
No, no the name Rodenbach is more then the beer
At the De Coninckplein you can see a beautiful statue of Albrecht Rodenbach.
It was made by Jules Lagae and unveiled in 1909 during a 3-day Flemish festivity.
Albrecht Rodenbach was a member of the famous Rodenbach family.
Albrecht Rodenbach was a poet and a student leader, which started the combat in order to defend the use of the Flemish language as the common language in the schools seemed to be French.
De Grote Markt - the Big Market place.
There are several market squares in Roeselare, but I am not sure if this is the biggest one, but whatever . . .
But it is the market square that is mostly used when there are special festivities.
The Grote Market is surrounded with beautiful houses with crow-stepped gables.
The building was made in 1903 as a firebrigade- house. But also served as assembly house for the vigilante. Therefor it got its name as arsenal.
Designed by Desire Denys and his son Hilaire.
On top is a cast-iron statue of st Michael.
Today it houses the national cycling museum.
The main square in Roeselare, de Grote Markt. Until 1704 the halle and belfort stood in the middle of this square, the outlines are made visible in stone at the parkinglot in the square.
At the east side is the gothic 16th century crow-stepped gable of the convent., at the south end is cityhall in Lodewijk XV-style, and the new wing inspired on the halle and belfort (1925).
In the picture you see the tower of Sint-Michiel above the gables of the merchant houses.
It is maybe not the best Grote Markt of Belgium, but if you look closer there is a lot of beauty to discover.
The Grote Markt of Roeselare is surrounded with beautiful houses, some of them have those typical crow-stepped gables.
Och, yes of course you can not compare these fronts with the fronts you can see in Brugge or in Antwerpen.
Behind the row of houses you can see the big tower of the Saint Michael's church.
The interior of St Michaels's church contains some valuable pieces of art.
There is the very beautiful baroque pulpit which dates from the 17th century; this pulpit is decorated with the bible story: the vineyard of Naboth.
St Michael's church also has one of the biggest organs in West-Flanders, in the tower hangs the city belfry with 49 bells. Every year there are organ festivities, and then famous international organ players come here to perform.
There are some remarkable wood sculptures, sculptures and paintings made by Jacob van Oost, the school of Van Dijck, Otto Venius . . .
And of course there is the mausoleum of Jan Van Kleef and Johanna van Lichtervelde. (More on this mausoleum in the next tip).
At the Grote Markt, near the beautiful City Hall, at the other side of the corner, you can see another remarkable building.
It is the convent of the Grey Franciscan Sisters, this crow-stepped gable dates from the 16th century, and it is built in a gothic style.
The cityhall is build in Lodewijk XV-style in 1769-1771.
High in the gable is the shield of Karel Theodor (1724-1799), duke of Neuburg, monarch of Beieren, count of the Rhine, and lord of the Land van Wijnendaele and the city Roeselare.
Inside are some real pieces of art. When we visited the cityhall was closed, so we did not see the interior.
When you enter the cemetary you will first see the fields of honor. There are fields for french soldiers, british soldiers, warvictims of Roeselare, civilian and militairy. Both world wars 1914-1918 and 1940-1945 are commerated.
The rest of the cemetary is also very interesting, see the mausoleums of Albrecht Rodenbach (1888, door Jules Lagae), Roger Fieuw, literature men (1960), Karel Dubois, founder of the Catholic Action (1956), Willem Denys, creator of 'Peegie' (1983), and more.
The statue is made by Jef Claerhout in 1976. It was placed on the Botermerkt in 1982. It is 'Peegie', trying to sell his last box of shoeshine, while he has two more in his pockets. It is a symbol for the spirit of commmerce of the people of Roeselare.
Peegie, is a fictitious figure from the books of Willem Denys, he lived at the Nieuwmarkt. There he saw the lives of the traders.
During festivaties in Roeselare the statue gets clothes on by 't Gild der Maten van Peegie.
The only green piece in Roeselare is the Sterrebos (star forrest). In the picture you can see where it got its name from: a star formed center.
Tom is taking the picture and Filip is giving instructions.
The Sterrebos is developped in 1770 and is located behind castle Rumbeke. It belongs to the castle, but is open to the public.
At the Market square at the east side is this gothic 16th century crow-stepped gable. Originally this was an inn (the golden lion). In 1683 the sisters of the monastery 'der Grauwzusters-Franciscanessen' bought the place and moved in by 1685. They transformed it into a monastery.
The brewery made a big expansion from 1864 by Edward Rodenbach-Mergaert.
From that year they started producing their own malt; Malt which is (was) the base product in the making of the beer.
From the former malt house there only remains the entry gate building (this entry gate building is also classified as a protected monument).