Tuesday, 2 February 2016

residence: the castle of Ciergnon

The royal grounds in Ciergnon were bought by King Leopold I in 1840. He had a hunting lodge built on a hill, close to the river Lesse.

Later king Leopold II changed the lodge into a new castle, designed by architect Alphonse Balat.

The castle is often used by members of the royal family in weekends and on holidays.

Queen Paola undertook interior renovations and skillfully decorated the castle.

King Philippe and queen Mathilde had their 4 children baptized in the private chapel on the castle grounds.

The castle of Ciergnon is just a few kilometers from another royal residence, the castle of Fenffe.

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