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Kasteel van Arenberg

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Added on 17 Oct 2017,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 17 Oct 2017

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Type of sights

Castle/palace

 

Name and address

Kasteel van Arenberg

Kasteelpark Arenberg 1

BE-3001 Leuven

Geodetic coordinates

50.863333 4.683056

Communication

Castle Arenberg
Castle Arenberg
Castle Arenberg
Castle Arenberg

Kasteel van Arenberg is a château in Heverlee Wikipedia Icon close to Leuven Wikipedia Icon in Belgium. It is surrounded by a park.

The site had been the castle of the lords of Heverlee since the 12th century, but this family became impoverished and had to sell the site in 1445 to the Croÿ family from Picardy. Antoon van Croy demolished the medieval castle and started works to build the current château in 1455 on the site, of which he destroyed all but one tower. Willem van Croÿ completed the works on the château in 1515, and founded a monastery on the château grounds for the Benedictine Celestines. The architectural style is in large part traditionally Flemish, with sandstone window frames and brick walls, though it has been structurally altered since 1515 and has elements of Gothic, Renaissance and Neo Gothic architecture. Its large corner towers are typical, once surmounted by a German eagle.

Charles III of Croy was the 4th and last duke, and after his death in 1612 without issue the château passed to the Arenberg family Wikipedia Icon into which his sister had married, and remained in that family until the First World War.

The château and park were seized by the Belgian government on the outbreak of, and then after the war since the Arenberg family was considered to be German or Austrian due to their close Habsburg connection, monarchs of Austria-Hungary. It took until 1921 for the University to acquire them, becoming an expanded natural sciences and engineering campus in the style of that of an American university. After the partitioning of the university along language lines in 1968, the château and grounds remained with the Dutch speaking half as one of the main campuses for the new, independent Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. The château itself is now used by the Engineering Science faculty of the KU Leuven and is the focal point of a green campus for the group Sciences & Technology.

The former Celestine monastery on the château grounds now houses the campus library, and the addresses of many of the science buildings are on the street named Celestijnenlaan (Dutch for "Celestine Street").

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by-sa: CREATIVE COMMONS Attribution-ShareAlike

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Wikipedia contributors, 'Kasteel van Arenberg', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 17 November 2015, 13:44 UTC, <https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kasteel_van_Arenberg&oldid=691071901> [accessed 17 October 2017]

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Hours of opening:

The castle is open to students during the academic year, but unfortunately not accessible to visitors.

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Added on 17 Oct 2017,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 17 Oct 2017