Monday, 26 January 2009
that's My World, Bergh Castle
In August 2007 I stayed with a relative of mine who lives in the middle of the Netherlands. Not far from her place is this castle and as I am fond of old buildings and its history, my relative couldn't do me a greater favour than to take me here.
This medieval castle is surrounded by a moat. Its building goes back as far as the 13th century. The most important still existing parts date from the 14th, 15th, and 17th centuries.In the course of time additions,embellishments, fires and wars left their marks on the appearance of the castle. Gradually it changed from a medieval stronghold into a fine mansion.
Bergh castle used to be the ancestral home of the lords and later counts Van den Bergh, who played a leading role in the Eighty Years'War( 1568-1648), when the Prince of Orange liberated us from King Philip II of Spain. However the count of Van den Bergh shifted his support from the Prince of Orange to the Spanish king.
In the 18th century the castle passed into the hands of the south German aristocratic family Von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. In 1912 Bergh Castle was acquired by Mr.J.H.Heek PhD, an industrialist, who restored the castle and collected the art which is now to be seen in the building.
There is a restaurant where we had a cup of coffee and a delicious lunch. The weather was nice and warm so we were sitting outside.
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