Monday, March 29, 2010

MyWorld Tuesday

The pictures show Kasteel Hoensbroek one of the largest castles in the Netherlands. It is only a 5 minutes drive from our home. Our part of the country has a rich history. Our province (Limburg) has been occupied by almost any European tribe from Romans and even earlier tribes to Germans, French etc. That's why we are surrounded by castles. They were built by gentry or nobility to defend themselves from enemies. If you would like to know more about the castle please click here.
The castle contains over 60 rooms and is now used as an official marriage location, for conferences,as a museum, for parties etc. I am not sure if there are families living in the castle nowadays. I remember that a few families lived there some decades ago among which was a welknown Dutch writer: Bertus Aafjes.

The entrance


The cour (courtyard)


Seen from the south


North-west

15 comments:

noel said...

aloha,

thanks for sharing a little bit about your world today, thats a very beautiful scene of the castle from different view points, its a good thing they are being used for many different purposes and well kept

Gunsside said...

Thanks for the round with you at the castle, it looks like an exciting place. Happy Easter;)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your world is beautiful -- and full of history. My World this week was kind of just the opposite -- so I really enjoyed sharing yours.
thank you!

Carver said...

Beautiful shots of the castle and an interesting post. I particularly love the shot where you can see the water and the castle.

Rajesh said...

Very beautiful castle. It is good to see that it is getting used and thus getting maintained.

Martha Z said...

My first thought, a lot of bricks went into that castle and my second is I don't see any people.
Your historical buildings are much more substantial than ours. Many old California buildings were made of unfired adobe bricks which have eroded away in years of rain.

LadyFi said...

Wow - that is one magnificent castle!

Simone de Klerk said...

Mooie foto's! Ik wist niet eens dat Bertus Aafjes daar gewoond heeft en dat het zoveel kamers heeft.

Jenn said...

What a uniquely beautiful castle! particularly love the one seen from the south with the water as foreground. Absolutely breathtaking.

P.N. Subramanian said...

Wonderful photographs! Thanks

Wolynski said...

What a beautiful, almost fairy tale castle and so well maintained. Great photos.

Riet said...

Wat een prachtig Kasteel Jossie. Het heeft zoiets statigs.Mooie foto's.
De bloemen in de Keukenhof zijn allemaal bloeiend in de kassen, buiten alleen de crocussen en meer klein goed. De tulpen en narcissen van de kouwe grond komen pas over een paar weken. Fijne dag verder

Irene said...

Very nice photos! Love old castels ... don't see anything like that here in Norway. And thanks for visiting!
Groetjes van Irene

Johnny Nutcase said...

what a neat spot - and so close to where you live, wow! I love the second to last picture, gorgeous view!

EcoRover said...

Thanks for sharing a bit of history. In a small village in Germany I once asked an old woman why the old castle had been built on the hill. Without a pause she answered, "For protection from the neighbors of course!"