Fraeylemaborg, Slochteren

The Fraeylemaborg is a borg in the village of Slochteren in the Netherlands. At present the Fraeylemaborg is a historic house museum. The museum had in 2013.Building historyFraeylemaborg is the most important of the borgen in the province of Groningen. These strong houses or keeps were built in the Middle Ages to store harvests and to protect their produce from robbers. Besides churches, these structures were the only buildings that used durable stone and masonry. In due time they grew to become centres of power and wealth. The Fraeylemaborg is located in the middle of the town of Slochteren which upon its discovery in 1959 gave its name to the largest gasfield in the world.In 1475 there was already a farm with the name Frealemaheerd. In the archives of 1504 the name is found of one Remmer Fraeylema. The building originates from the 16th century. The left wing was built in the 17th century. In 1680 the borg was sold by Evert Rengers, son of the former lord of the manor, because of his family debts. It was bought by Henric Piccardt (married to Anna Elizabeth Rengers, Evert's sister), who borrowed the necessary funds from Stadtholder William III. Piccardt extensively rebuilt the borg and he also landscaped a huge formal garden in the style of Louis XIV's France. After Piccardt's death the borg fell into disrepair. In 1781 the Fraeylemaborg was sold to Hendrik de Sandra Veldman. He rebuilt it into the shape it has today. Among his innovations was the removal of two towers which had graced the front square.
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  • Really a very nice Castle. Fun for young and old. There is a very beautiful park/forest at and a very nice restaurant where you can eat, but also just cosy drink. Highly recommended this.
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  • One of the families residing in the ' Fraeylemaborg ' lived, was called Fraeylema. the deposit is very nicely decorated in the style of life of the past. The estate and the buildings were sold by the last residents in 1972 at the Gerrit wooden Foundation and now acts as a museum. Access with the Museum card is free. in the deposit is the tour on your own. The last borgvrouwe Thomassen à Thuessink-green field, Louise van der Hoop of Slochteren, took out in 2008 with her daughter Mieke her jeud in the ' Fraeylemaborg '. In an 18-minute video is to follow the letter of this conversation. Quite interesting. In the associated Coach House-17 september 2017 the exhibition ' Ceramics by Picasso and his contemporaries '. That Pablo Picasso also made ceramics, is not so widely known. The exhibition includes work by seven ceramic artists including Marc Chagall further and Maurice de Vlaminck.
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  • After a guided walk in the garden and along the follies, we have visited the deposit. It is good to be able to walk by all the furnished rooms. Parking is available a short distance from the entrance.
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  • Had filet for supper. So tender you could cut with a butter knife. Great selection of beers. Small restaurant with a cozy atmosphere. And then a nice, quite walk after supper. Great evening.
  • Fantastic monument (named a "Borg" ) It's open for visits and has a fantastic (huge) garden to take a stroll in afterwards
  • Fraeylemaborg is outside the city of Groningen. It consists of a museum and a park behind it. If you kind of an outdoor person and love to explore a historical park, this is a place to go. Formerly the park had a renaissance style but then transformed into English landscape garden. We can see the former design at some part of the park. Several modern elements of landscape art are installed here, making the park has a contemporary touch. Fee entrance to the park is only € 1, and €7 to the museum. If you are a kind of photohunting person, the perfect time to visit the park is during the middle of the autumn.
  • Small, but lovely castle
  • Very cool turn of the previous century home

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