Château 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.

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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

Our Visit
We had been in the property a little while when Carl saw two figures walk into his shot through his view finder. He was about to usher them out of his shot when he spotted the uniforms and realised they were police. Military police, in fact! Luckily it was the morning after a military staff party and the two officers were too hung over to bother with the paperwork so they just asked us to leave.

This was the last stop on the “Pests in Vests” tour with Carl, Lowri, Proj3ct M4yh3m, Darbians and Stussy

 

Chateau Rochendaal - Though the doors to the staircase

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Chateau Rochendaal – Though the doors to the staircase

Chateau Rochendaal - Staircase

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Chateau Rochendaal – Staircase

Chateau Rochendaal - Fisheye on the stairs

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Chateau Rochendaal – Fisheye on the stairs

Chateau Rochendaal - On the stairs

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Chateau Rochendaal – On the stairs

Chateau Rochendaal - Fisheye at top of stairs

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Chateau Rochendaal – Fisheye at top of stairs

Chateau Rochendaal - View from on the stairs

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Chateau Rochendaal – View from on the stairs

Chateau Rochendaal - Bottom of stairs

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Chateau Rochendaal – Bottom of stairs

Chateau Rochendaal - Downstairs room

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Chateau Rochendaal – Downstairs room

Chateau Rochendaal - Downstairs room

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Chateau Rochendaal – Downstairs room

Chateau Rochendaal - Once grand room

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Chateau Rochendaal – Once grand room

Chateau Rochendaal - Sunburst in the chapel

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Chateau Rochendaal – Sunburst in the chapel

Chateau Rochendaal - Looking through the doors of the chapel

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Chateau Rochendaal – Looking through the doors of the chapel

Chateau Rochendaal - Chapel ceiling

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Chateau Rochendaal – Chapel ceiling

Chateau Rochendaal - Ceiling and door

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Chateau Rochendaal – Ceiling and door

Chateau Rochendaal - The chapel is small but well preserved with amazing details

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Chateau Rochendaal – The chapel is small but well preserved with amazing details

Further Reading If you liked this report, check out Château Rochendaal by Darbians too.

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