Groot-Bijgaarden Castle (Dutch language:Kasteel Groot-Bijgarden , French language:Château de Grand-Bigard) is 12th-century castle in Groot-Bijgaarden in the municipality of Dilbeek, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. The castle was built for Almaric Bigard, the first lord of Bigard.
Construction began in the early 12th century.
The castle is surrounded by a wide moat spanned by a bridge with five arches, leading to the drawbridge. The central part of the gatehouse dates from the 14th century.
A four-storey tower (the "dungeon", built 1347), 30 metres high, is by the side of the gatehouse.
The castle is in the Flemish Renaissance style, with red brick and a slate roof.
In 1902, the castle was very dilapidated and Raymond Pelgrims Bigard began renovations that lasted 30 years.
Parks and gardensEdit
Garden architect Louis Fuchs created the 14 hectare park alongside the castle at the start of the 20th century. The park is open in spring every year since 2003 for an international flower exhibition with tulips from the Netherlands.
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