Fotografije Arenberg Castle, Leuven

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<b>Name: Borrekens Castle.</b>
Location: Vorselaar, province of Antwerp, Belgium.
Map: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Provincie_Antwerpen_in_Belgium.svg" rel="nofollow">en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Provincie_Antwerpen_in_Belgium...</a>
Built: in 1270.
Rebuilt: in the 17th century, in the 18th century and in 1850-1860.

<b>History</b>
Borrekens Castle is also known as Kasteel de Borrekens and Vorselaar Castle. The title Duke of Brabant was created in 1183/1184 by Frederick I, the Holy Roman Emperor in 1155-1190, in favor of Henry I (1165-1235), son of Godfrey III of Leuven. Borrekens Castle was built in 1270 by a member of the Van Rotselaar family who were stewards of the Dukes of Brabant. A swampy area surrounded the castle. The first owner wanted to make it difficult for enemies to attack the castle. Borrekens Castle was close to the road Antwerp-Turnhout and the trade route to Cologne. The castle stayed in the same family until the 16th century. Isabella van Rotselaar was the last Van Rotselaar. She died in 1529. She willed the castle to her nephew Cornelis van Bergen. He died in 1560 and left the castle to his brother in law Jean de Ligne. Jean de Ligne died in 1568 and the castle was inherited by his son Charles de Ligne. He died in 1616 and the castle was inherited by his son Philippe-Charles. Philippe-Charles died in 1640 and the castle was inherited by his son Charles Eugene. In 1663, he sold Borrekens Castle to Jan Proost. He rebuilt the castle in the 17th century. Jan Proost died in the late 17th century or in the early 18th century. The widow and children of Jan Proost sold the castle to Philippe-Louis de Pret. The castle was inherited by his daughter Lady Maria Anna de Pret. She was married to Charles-Philippe van de Werve. They had twelve children.

The van de Werve family rebuilt Borrekens Castle twice. First in the 18th century and then in 1850-1860. Borrekens Castle changed from a square walled stronghold into a beautiful fairytale castle. It was Count Filips van de Werve who rebuilt the castle in 1850-1860. He gave the castle its current neo-gothic look. The neo-gothic was an architectural movement that began in the late 1740s in England. Its popularity grew rapidly in the early 19th century, when increasingly serious and learned admirers of neo-gothic styles sought to revive medieval gothic architecture, in contrast to the neoclassical styles prevalent at the time. Borrekens Castle stayed in the hands of the van de Werve family until 1911. De Borrekens, who gave their name to the castle, became owners through marriage in 1898. They still own it. Public access denied. However, the park is open. You can walk around the castle.

Owners:
- 1270-1529: the Van Rotselaar family.
- 1529-1560: Cornelis van Bergen, bishop
- 1560-1568: Jean de Ligne, Duke of Arenberg (Jan van Ligne)
- 1568-1616: Charles de Ligne, 2nd Prince of Arenberg (Karel van Ligne-Arenberg)
- 1616-1640: Philippe-Charles, 3rd Count of Arenberg (Filips Karel van Arenberg)
- 1640-1663: Charles Eugene, 2nd Duke of Arenberg (Karel Eugenius van Arenberg)
- from 1663 to c. 1680-1715: Jan Proost (Jan de Proost)
- from c. 1680-1715 to 1716: the widow and children of Jan Proost.
- 1716-1755: Philippe-Louis de Pret, Lord of Vorselaar, Lord of Rielen and Lord of Lichtaer (Philips Lodewijk van Pret / Phillipe Lodewijk de Pret)
- 1755-1781: Lady Maria Anna de Pret, Countess van Vorsselaer (Maria Anna van Pret)
- 1781-1898/1911: the van de Werve family.
- 1898/1911-today: the Borrekens family.
- several years ago-today: leased to a company.

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The owner of the image above is Johan Bakker.
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