Chateau de Modave, Modave

The Château of Modave, also known as the Château des Comtes de Marchin is a château near the village of Modave in the province of Liège, Belgium.HistoryThe oldest part of the building, the donjon, was built on a strategic rock high above the valley of the river Hoyoux. The oldest parts still visible today date probably from the 13th century and were erected by the lords of Modave. In the 16th century the castle and the estate of Modave became the property of the Haultepenne and de Saint-Fontaine families.In the next century Jean-Gaspard-Ferdinand de Marchin (1601–1673), a great military commander, acquired the castle and turned it from a medieval fortress into a luxury Baroque residence. His son Ferdinand de Marsin neglected the property and lived in France.Later owners were successively: Maximilian Henry of Bavaria, Elector of Cologne and Prince-Bishop of Liège (1682–1684); Cardinal William Egon of Furstenberg, and his heirs (1684–1706); Baron Arnold de Ville (1706–1772); and Anne-Léon, Duke of Montmorency, and his heirs (1772–1817). In the 19th century it was owned by the non-noble families of Lamarche, Braconier and Van Hoegaerden. Finally, the Compagnie Intercommunale Bruxelloise des Eaux ("Brussels Intercommunal Water Company") bought the property in March 1941, in order to protect the important water catchments in the park. The company still owns the château today and has been restoring it with great care. It is open for visitors from April until October and it is also used as a prestigious venue for concerts and receptions.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Firstly, it is truly a beautiful castle. Perfectly restored, with private parking, restaurant etc. Secondly, interiors, decorations of all images at the highest level and very thought out. Thirdly, you automatically get when entering audioguide, including with the Russian language, which makes your visit fun and informative. And another from the breathtaking views.
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  • August 15, 2017
    This castle visited during our mini holidays in the Ardennes. From the outside it seems not nearly as big as that it really is, but the castle is almost as deep as wide. Can you do a nice audio tour where you can determine the order and pace yourself. Rooms are nicely decorated and with the audiopen you get there a lot of information about the rooms. We found the visit more than successful.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Great find with a lot of rooms to visit. The furniture are well preserved and the audio guide offers interesting explanations
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  • June 4, 2017
    Interesting audio guided tour, beautyfull castle and a quite environnement ideal for a destressing walk.
  • April 17, 2017
    A very pretty castle, well preserved, it worth to visit
  • July 7, 2017
    Beautiful castle with lots of beautiful rooms, everything is explained by the digital pen where you should touch upon the Board in every room
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  • July 3, 2017
    Beautiful place in all seasons. Eat, rest, visit, or even walk you can do everything. Add day to themes such as for example; the feast of Apple and why not a day you married in this beautiful place.
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  • June 1, 2017
    Beautiful castle, but audio tour is wordy. With children, I'd rather go to a dress up Castle. No catering available, only in addition located hotel. Duly to the price.
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