Things to see and do - Beloeil
Leaving for Belgium
Château : Michelin's recommendations
The early-16C castle was built on the site of a 12C castle. It was extensively remodelled in the 17C and 18C to create an elegant residence. The main building was rebuilt after a fire in 1900 , but the wings and entrance lodges with mansard roofs have remained intact since the late 17C. The interior is adorned with valuable furniture, outstanding tapestries, paintings, sculptures and porcelain. Numerous family mementoes also evoke 17C, 18C and 19C European history. Certain rooms are special reminders of Maréchal de Ligne, with mementoes given to him by Marie-Antoinette or Catherine the Great of Russia of whom he was a friend. The library contains over 20 000 books dealing mainly with various sciences. The three large paintings in the Ambassadors' Room recalling the diplomatic missions with which the De Ligne family was entrusted illustrate high points in the life of Prince Claude-Lamoral I de Ligne, who was Ambassador to King Philip IV of Spain and Viceroy of Sicily in 1669. The chapel housed in the former stables, in front of the castle, contains religious artifacts and a collection of coral sculptures brought back from Sicily by Prince Claude-Lamoral I.
- Address : r. du Château 11 B - 7970 Belœil7970Belœil
- Phone : 069689426
- Website : http://www.chateaudebeloeil.com
- Prices : 8 €