Cleydael Castle  - Belgium by Gilberte

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Castle Cleydael borrows its name from the clay that was found in this area. Above the entrance door you can read the slogan ex valle pinguedo or in English clay from the valley. Cleydael is a square water castle and is completely surrounded by a moat. The four towers are called Fox tower, Chapel tower, Owl tower and Cat tower. The family Sanders of Hemiksem commissioned to build a Fox tower and so in the 14th century the first contours of this castle became visible . Throughout the next centuries more and more parts were build until we have the castle we still can admire now. Lots of famous people stayed in the castle, like Cromwell and the Duke Of Alva to name a few. There is a golf club in the buildings surrounding the castle. You can find the castle when you drive from Antwerp to Boom via the A12. Take the exit Hemiksem (at the McDonalds) and after a few hundred meters you will see the castle on your right. Beware, you are not allowed to take pictures of this castle!
Legend says that the moat was the home of a serpent with nine eyes of silver who kept an eye on the safety of the castle. One of the owners, Cornelis Sanders lost also his head here because he supported Jacoba van Beieren against Filips de Goede. The following families owned the castle throughout history, Sanders van Hemessem, Cleydael, van der Elst, del Rio, Hooftman and Hellemans.

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  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 5 years ago

    What a beautiful castle and excellent photography. I can’t imagine what the interior looks like, it would be nice to go for a tour!!

  • well dear Marvin…I don’t know myself what the interior looks like. I took this shot several years ago on an “open monuments day” the only day of the year the castle could be visited.There was an endless queue and it started pouring.We would certainly have had to wait another hour in the I took the photo and we abandoned.At the extreme right of the photo you can see little white spots…people queueing and you can see their reflection in the moat.Sorry I cannot take you for a tour this time but perhaps later in another castle….we are not allowed to take photos in every castle neither.

    – Gilberte

  • Prasad
    Prasadover 5 years ago

    Just amazing view and tonality, Gilberte

  • Thank you Prasad…We took photos inside castles when allowed and not on an “open monument day” You’re dead before it’s your turn to go in and I can imagine, once you’re inside, it’s so crowded, it’s not possible to shoot

    – Gilberte

  • Mark Grech
    Mark Grechover 5 years ago

    What a beautiful castle Great work

  • Grazzi hafna Mark… glad you like this old castle

    – Gilberte

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenover 5 years ago

    Wel een heel mooi kasteel! Mooie foto Gilberte!

  • Bedankt Ellen..spijt dat ik het van binnen niet heb kunnen zien.dit is twee keer voorgevallen met een open monumenten dag.Ik ben sinds dien niet meer geweest op open monumenten dag.veeeel te veel volk!!

    – Gilberte

  • itsallgoodamanda
    itsallgoodamandaover 5 years ago

    Wow check it out ,it is wonderful,!

  • Hi Amanda…we have more than hundred castles in Belgium.Glad you like this one.

    – Gilberte

  • Loreto Bautista Jr.
    Loreto Bautist...over 5 years ago

    Postcard perfect Gilberte!!!

  • thank you Bot for your compliment…hope all is well with you.

    – Gilberte

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Thanks heaps Antanas

    – Gilberte

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 5 years ago

    Amazing ‘fairytale’ looking castle!! Wonderful to see Gilberte!!*-)

  • Thank you Deb…I think it are the turrets that make it look fairytalelike.
    Thanks for favoriting it and may all your dreams come true

    – Gilberte

  • Jeff  Burns
    Jeff Burnsover 5 years ago

    Just beautiful

  • Thanks bunches Jeff

    – Gilberte

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 5 years ago


  • thanks Joy…the old castles have a special charm

    – Gilberte

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