Domaine de Mariemont : Michelin's recommendations
Mariemont is named after Mary of Hungary who commissioned J. de Broeucq to build the first castle in 1546. It was destroyed by Henri II in 1554, then immediately rebuilt and extended by W. Coberger. In the park, there are ruins of another castle built by Charles of Lorraine in the 18C and burnt down in 1794. The Warocqué dynasty of industrialists converted the estate in the 19C and bequeathed it to the State in 1917, together with Raoul Warocqué's collection displayed in a museum. A fire razed the castle in 1960 and since 1975, a modern museum built by the architect of the Brussels Museum of Modern Art, Roger Bastin, stands on the site. The fine 45-ha park is dotted with sculptures by Belgian artists Victor Rousseau, Constantin Meunier and Jef Lambeaux, as well as Rodin's Burghers of Calais and an early-20C giant Buddha. The museum houses rich art and archaeological collections. There are notably fine exhibits from Ancient Egypt (the huge head of a Hellenistic queen), Greece (a splendid 3C-BC marble head of Alexander the Great) and Rome (Boscoreale wall paintings), as well as artwork from the Far East. Also, note the wonderful Gallo-Roman and Merovingian archaeological collection from digs in the Hainaut province and a large collection of Tournai porcelain. Finally, the history of the Mariemont Estate is lavishly illustrated here and the museum has a valuable library of manuscripts and bound works.
- Address : chaussée de Mariemont 100 B - 7140 Morlanwelz7140Morlanwelz
- Phone : 064212193
- Prices : free of charge