In the back you see the chapel. In front of it the ponds in which the forms of the castle can be recognized.
Lamoraal count of Egmond was beheaded on Whitsuntide June 5th 1568 on the market square in Bruxelles by charge of king Philips of Spain.
Shortly after him the count of Hoorne (province of Limburg) was beheaded too.
The two counts advocated for a greater freedom of belief than their catholic king allowed and that was seen upon as treason.
Lamoraal was born in the castle in Henegouwen in 1522. His ancestral house was in Egmond aan den Hoef.
His grandfather Jan ( the first count of Egmond, called lame Jan) and his wife Magdalena van Weerdenburg lived and died here. His father spent his childhood years on the castle.
As a warrior for Karel V (Saint Quentin 1557.Grevelingen 1558) Lamoraal gained fame. He had many official duties like being governor for Flandres and Artois and a member of the State Council.
He also was responsible for the drainage of the Egmond lake in 1564-1565.
Political and diplomatic actions weren t his fortes because political naivety cost him his head in the end.
In 1997 the Spanish ambassador reveiled the statue.
Just love the headstone..I know there is no beauty in death nor something to think lightly about, but I am trying to make the best of it.
You can take the road by car, or walk through the dunes, but you can also walk on the old Middle Ages road "het zomerdijkje". It's the Middle Ages road from Alkmaar to the castle of Egmond and the Heerenweg to the abbey of Egmond-Binnen. Of course threre's nothing to see now a days of the Middle Age, but of course you can imagine....
This photograph was pinned on a notification board at the gate to the chapel.
Seems this chapel is often used for weddings.
Favorite thing: Next to this little row of house is a high hay barn, in the old days without walls but since it became gallery, walls have been added. This is called De Kapberg (named after the haybarn) for most occupation round the castle was agricultural.