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Archive 2004

The Castle of Ooidonk

In the first half of the 17th century (image from Flandria Illustrata -1641)
Kasteel Ooidonk is now privately owned by Count Henry t'Kint de Roodenbeke, eldest son of the late Count Juan t'Kint de Roodenbeke
The family has owned it since 1864 when Henri t'Kint de Roodenbeke bought the castle. The family has expanded the castle without compromising the playful renaissance style. The French architect Clément Parent (1823-1884) delivered the design and led the works from 1864 to 1875. The interior was renewed and the gardens redesigned. Count t'Kint also had the caretaker's house built and placed the wrought-iron gate of honor with his coat of arms. The interior can be described as a pure neo-Flemish Renaissance style, with the mention of the family chapel in neo-Byzantine style.
The castle was protected as a monument in 1944 [2]. In 1980 some surrounding buildings were also protected and in 1995 the castle domain. Ooidonk Castle has been open to visitors since 1958 from 1 April to 15 September, and the surrounding park (French gardens) can be visited throughout the year. Sometimes openair exhibitions are held on the domain. In 1995, the 400th anniversary of the castle was celebrated by the family. The 150th anniversary of the t'Kint de Roodenbeke family in Ooidonk was also celebrated in June 2014.
Both Henri II t'Kint de Roodenbeke and his son Juan t'Kint de Roodenbeke and his grandson Henry t'Kint de Roodenbeke have made great efforts during the last fifty years for the restoration and renovation of the castle and the entire domain.

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