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This is another castle, in Flemish Belgium, we have not so much castles if in France, but I want of all castles make a picture, but not all owners give permission, I ask always their permission.
But this castle is of the government, free visit.

Thanks for visiting.

On the territory of the castle lies Woumen The Blankaart with its park and pond (50 ha). It is a nature reserve and part of the trouser area in the low floodable polder landscape of the Iron. The pond was created in the 15th and 16th centuries by peat extraction. In the area there is a large water reservoir for drinking water. Common birds are the cormorant, the marsh harrier and the blue heron. The area is a stopping place for migratory waterbirds and wintering ducks and geese.

History:
Approx. 1561-1571 : the Big Map of the Liberty of the hand of Pieter Pourbus is the height of the area to see an irregular oblong blue stain. This spot may indicate a pond or at least a floodplain that is the result of years of peat mining going back at least to the 13th century .
1860-1870 : Gustavus Baron de Coninck the Merckem late on his newly acquired domain Blankaart a particularly rich eclectic castle build Nov architect Joseph Schadde ( Antwerp ) . It is an L - shaped volume of five bays and two storeys with the corners two semicircular towers and a rear extension with a neo-Gothic chapel and a higher sloping polygonal tower . Simultaneously with the construction of the castle is also a fairly hermetic castle park laid out in the English landscape style to the street stables , a coach house , a gardener , a walled kitchen garden and greenhouses .
At the end of the 19th century, the Blankaart Pond , along with the further development of the park forest , deepened and fitted with an artificial island and a decoy . In the castle park is also still a fishing lake and an icehouse built . This domain has bags were developed for on the pond with arched bridge . Already in 1900 stood near the Blankaart known as an exceptional natural area with high botanical and ornithological value because of the extensive reed beds and floating hems .
1914-1918: the castle during World War destroyed the extent that only the front left standing by the close location to the front line . Also, the forest park is heavily damaged .
1925-1929 : the castle is in a smaller and more sober version rebuilt Nov architect J. Grace ( Ostend) The general view of the castle with its two round towers , the chapel volume and polygonal tower will be respected. The park itself is not reconstructed in its original state , allowing a plurality of bags disappear.
1940-1944 : During World War II , the roof of the castle damaged . The cone-shaped spiers of the two round towers not be restored. .


Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shooting Date/Time
16/04/2014 13:43:48
Manual Exposure
Tv(Shutter Speed)
1/100
Av(Aperture Value)
11
ISO Speed
100
Lens
EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Focal Length
30.0mm
Image Size
5616x3744
Image Quality
RAW
Flash Off
Picture Style
Landscape

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