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10/06/2011 - Why Chateaux of Belgium ?



According to Wikipedia, a château (plural châteaux) is a manor house or residence of the lord of the manor or a country house of nobility or gentry, with or without fortifications, originally—and still most frequently—in French- speaking regions. Where clarification is needed, a fortified château (that is, a castle)  is called a château fort, such as Château Fort d’Ecaussinnes-Lalaing . Care should be taken when translating the word château into English. It is not used in the same way as "castle", and most châteaux are described in English as “palaces” and “country houses”  rather than "castles". For example, the Château de Versailles is so called because it was located in the countryside when it was built, but it does not bear any resemblance to a castle, so it is usually known in English as the Palace of Versailles.



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ChateauxofBelgium is de cultuur en evenementen website met meer dan 1250 Belgische kastelen, historische gebouwen en gedetailleerde beschrijvingen, foto's en illustraties. Deze unieke website geeft de kasteeleigenaar de gelegenheid de geschiedenis van zijn landgoed te leren kennen en gee...