Images and text: Internet Music: Léo Delibes “Coppélia-Waltz” Adriana
The Castle of Grand-Bigard is situated in the pretty village of Groot-Bijgaarden (in the municipality of Dilbeek, Flemish Brabant), 7 km west ofBrussel toward Halle. The Castle, first built in the 12th century, issurrounded by a broad moat. A five-arch bridge crosses over to thedrawbridge leading to the fortified entrance dating back to the 14thcentury. The castle itself is a wonderful example of the Flemish andMedieval Renaissance style, with a long, one-storied main building in pinkbrick, contrasting beautifully with the white stone mullioned windows andthe blue slate roof. The chapel, in the right wing, has remained unchangedfor the last three centuries, and the left wing is surmounted by a bulb-shaped roof. The dungeon, a massive 30-metre high structure next to thefortified entrance, has four floors. There is a marvellous view of Brusselsand the Flemish countryside to be had from the fourth floor terrace. In1902, Raymond Pelgrims de Bigard became the owner of the castle andbegan renovations that lasted 30 years. Garden architect Louis Fuchscreated the 14 hectare park alongside the castle at the start of the 20thcentury. The park is open in spring every year since 2003 for aninternational flower exhibition with tulips from the Netherlands.
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