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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.Use our Modave tourist route planner to arrange your visit to Chateau de Modave and other attractions in Modave.
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On a weekend take the opportunity to take a Belgian great food brunch with your family :) After taking a walk in the gardens and finally visit the castle. They provide an excellent audio guide in many... more »
Beautiful little castle on the way back from Merchin, Belgium. Loved the decorative ceilings, tapestries and large paintings. Loved walking in the garden. They have a restaurant and a hotel as well :) more »
We visited the chateau on the last week of December. It is one of the few chateaus that are open during the winter season . The chateau was decorated for the holidays - very tastefull decoration combi... more »
Eric DessyIdyllic setting. Smiling and attentive staff. Attractive and competitive price. Great brunch. Again
Marie-Cécile JoannèsVisited in winter, the Park and the terraces have certainly not show all their potential. But the castle is still beautiful. Come to see a temporary exhibition, I first was surprised and disappointed by the audioguide that wouldn't talk to me this one., but the Castle, its successive owners. I didn't come to it and my girls (13-15 years) either. But since we were there... listen... And well, the disappointment didn't last. The history of this castle, its interior architecture is told brilliantly. My most young even listened to several additional info (upon request). In the end, a very interesting visit and never boring. Kudos to the developers!
JacquesdriesenmailExcellent infrastructure very well organized
SF Quad vLOGBeautiful castle. See 👌
David Van MosselbeenVery beautifully restored and furnished Castle.
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