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posted 11-05-2001 01:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for en_gedi   Click Here to Email en_gedi     Edit/Delete Message
I would really appreciate knowing any information you may have about this castle. I have looked many places but so far--nothing! Can you help? Thanks so much!!

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posted 11-05-2001 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marko   Click Here to Email Marko     Edit/Delete Message
I think you mean Castle Groot Bijgaarden. The name you mentioned is, I think, an english corruption of its dutch name.
I found some historical info on: http://www.business-sites.be/zuidwest-brabant/Toerisme/Beziensw/Dilbeek/dibkagbi.htm , but because I don't think you can read the dutch text, I've entered an translation below.
"The central part of the castle is flanked by two round towers and dates from the 14th century. Around 1100 the castle was inhabited by Almaric de Bigard. A brigde on four arches leading to a drawbridge, spans the moat which encircles the castle. The bridge opens to a gatehouse which is dated around 1640. The castle of Groot Bijgaarden was completely restored in 1902 by the Lord of the castle; Pelgrims de Bigard. Standing free from the castle is a 30 meter high keep with a base dating from 1347, which was restored in the years 1910-1930."
Furthermore I found a nice picture at: http://users.pandora.be/pajot/a/f/o/afo_fd_08_04.jpg .
Haven't found anything else yet, but if I do I'll post it here.

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posted 11-05-2001 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marko   Click Here to Email Marko     Edit/Delete Message
Found a site of a restaurant opposite the castle and their site shows a little background picture of the castle at http://www.resto.be/debijgaarden/home-nl.htm At present the castle is used primarily for seminars and such, I think.

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