Castle Marnix de Sainte Aldegonde - Bornem - Belgium by Gilberte

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Following a small idyllic lane along an old Scheldt arm, we passed the Castle Marnix de Sainte Aldegonde.

Since 1780 the castle has been in the hands of the Marnix family. But the history of this neo gothic castle goes back to the 9th and 10th century when there was a medieval stronghold on this spot. This castle was built on the banks of the river Schelde. The route of the river changed around 1240. As the result of this the castle lost its defending purpose.
The interior of the castle is richly decorated with paintings, furniture, lace, Chinese porcelain and handwritten books. The old outhouse is a coach museum. Also, there is a permanent exhibition about the life of Philips de Marnix (1538-1598) Lord Van Sainte Aldegonde, the most famous name of the Marnix dynasty.
The castle has been available for visiting since 1988. John de Marnix de Sainte Aldegonde, the 14th Count, was the initiator .

Castle Marnix de Saint-Aldegonde was renovated by the architect Henri Beyaert at the end of the 19th century. He kept the superb proportions of the renaissance castle built by the Spanish nobleman don Pedro Coloma.
The guided tour focuses on the 16th century and the wonderful paintings of Margaret of Austria, the emperor Charles V and Philip II carry the visitor away to this troubled but exciting era of the history of the Low Countries.

The castle possesses a collection of 18th century furniture, splendid engravings by Pieter Breughel the Elder, a lace cabinet and a room with antique dolls. The lay-out of the collection is testimony of the passion of the owners to host visitors in this exceptional space.

To complete the visit there’s a permanent exhibition on Philip de Marnix, secretary to William of Orange. It pays tribute to the author of the Dutch national hymn, the “Beehive” and who was also mayor of Antwerp and courageous defender of the city against Alexander Farnese and his men.

In the annexes a charming carriage museum shows a collection of perfectly preserved antique carriages.

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  • Daidalos
    Daidalosover 5 years ago

    Wow great work Gilberte. I love the textures on this. What a beautiful castle.

  • Thanks a lot Alex……yes it’s beautiful and so surprizing, when you’re driving along a very small alley, to be suddenly confronted with such a castle

    – Gilberte

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    lovely work

  • Thank you Antanas

    – Gilberte

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenover 5 years ago

    Heel creatief gedaan Gilberte, mooie foto!

  • Heel vriendelijk bedankt Ellen

    – Gilberte

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 5 years ago

    OMG…It sounds like a ‘dream’ place Gilberte!! I would so love to see everything you have described!!! Wonderful image and history!!*-)

  • Thanks so much is een elegant castle, suddenly popping out of the green when we were on excursion to the river Scheldt at St Amands.

    – Gilberte

  • alaskaman53
    alaskaman53over 5 years ago

    Ik kan Elen alleen maar gelijk geven,dit lijkt echt een foto uit de oude doos,goed gemaakt.

  • Bedankt Rich..ik heb deprobeerd met textures te werken en “the final touch” met light artist.

    – Gilberte

  • Suraj Mathew
    Suraj Mathewover 5 years ago

    Very nicely done Gilberte.

  • thank you Suraj

    – Gilberte

  • kenspics
    kenspicsover 5 years ago

    Wonderful processing and photo Gilberte!!!
    The sky almost looks as though it were on fire!!!
    Excellent and very informative commentary as well.. your signature!!!

  • Thank you so much Ken…I like to take you on the tour with me…this is part of the excursion we made on Mother’s Day after our dinner at the left river bank.We went to Temse, crossed the Scheldt again and by going to St Amands we pass this castle.

    – Gilberte

  • MyInnereyeMike
    MyInnereyeMikeover 5 years ago
    Beautiful artwork!! This castle has such interesting history. Thank you very much for sharing the information about this beautiful castle. I love to read about places like this. America is too young of a country to have structures like this from this time. I love the editing you did on this image. It gives it a completely different presentation, and invites the viewer to look deeper, and closer at the detail. Excellent work!!
  • Thank you for your kind words Mike….Our country is full of such old castles.Glad you like my work.It was a test to work with layers.

    – Gilberte

  • i l d i    l a z a r
    i l d i l a...over 5 years ago

    Lovely work Gilberte,I like textures and colors!

  • Thank you Ildi.I like textures too…At the start you do not always know how it will turn out

    – Gilberte

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago


  • Thanks a lot Scott…I very much appreciate your adding my castle to your favorites

    – Gilberte

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