Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Chateau d' Havre on a Foggy Belgian Afternoon

Chateau d'Havre was built in the 12th century, along the Haine river.
It was owned by the Enghien family. 
In 1518 Havré Castle went to Philippe de Croy,
In March 1578 the castle was sieged by a small army.
 Charles-Alexandre de Croy had the castle rebuilt in 1600 into a lavish residence.
Charles-Alexandre was a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece,
Chamberlain of Albert VII, Archduke of Austria and a Prince in the Holy Roman Empire.
He entertained the painter Peter Paul Rubens, Marie de Medicis, wife of King Henry IV of France, the Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain, Mary of Hungary, Governess of the Netherlands, the Duke of Marlborough and the Prince of Savoy.

 And this is only a few minutes from our home!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful photographs. Thanks for sharing them with the rest of us!