Château Rochendaal, Belgium

Chateau Rochendaal Belgium

Château Rochendaal is a small castle built by a lawyer who later became mayor. The château was taken over by the Nazis and used as officers accommodation.

Visited August 2014  Belgium St Truiden, Belgium Abandoned

History of Château Rochendaal

Château Rochendaal is a small castle built in 1881 by a lawyer named Jean-Henri-Paul Ulens, who later became the Mayor of the city of Sint Truiden in Belgium.

During World War II the castle was occupied by the Nazis and became part of a Luftwaffe airfield which included three runways. The Chateau was used as a residence for several high ranking officers, including Otto Frieze, the infamous ‘Night Hunter’ of the German Luftwaffe.

After the war the castle was taken over by the Belgian Air Force. The chateau was again used as officers accommodation. Significant investment was made into the property, bizarrely shortly before it was abandoned in 1996

Chateau Rochendaal - Though the doors to the staircase
Chateau Rochendaal – Though the doors to the staircase
Chateau Rochendaal - Staircase
Chateau Rochendaal – Staircase
Chateau Rochendaal - Fisheye on the stairs
Chateau Rochendaal – Fisheye on the stairs
 
Chateau Rochendaal - On the stairs
Chateau Rochendaal – On the stairs
Chateau Rochendaal - Fisheye at top of stairs
Chateau Rochendaal – Fisheye at top of stairs
Chateau Rochendaal - View from on the stairs
Chateau Rochendaal – View from on the stairs
Chateau Rochendaal - Bottom of stairs
Chateau Rochendaal – Bottom of stairs
Chateau Rochendaal - Downstairs room
Chateau Rochendaal – Downstairs room
Chateau Rochendaal - Downstairs room
Chateau Rochendaal – Downstairs room
 
Chateau Rochendaal - Once grand room
Chateau Rochendaal – Once grand room
Chateau Rochendaal - Sunburst in the chapel
Chateau Rochendaal – Sunburst in the chapel
Chateau Rochendaal - Looking through the doors of the chapel
Chateau Rochendaal – Looking through the doors of the chapel
Chateau Rochendaal - Chapel ceiling
Chateau Rochendaal – Chapel ceiling
 
Chateau Rochendaal - Ceiling and door
Chateau Rochendaal – Ceiling and door
Chateau Rochendaal - The chapel is small but well preserved with amazing details
Chateau Rochendaal – The chapel is small but well preserved with amazing details
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