Chateau Rochendaal

THE ABANDONED CASTLE IN BELGIUM


‘Chateau Rochendaal’ was built in 1881 by Jean-Henri-Paul Ulens, a local lawyer. Ulens was mayor of the city of Sint-Truiden from 1878 until 1891. Already in 1914 the castle domain was used by the German army.

Later the castle is added to the close-by military site that was built in 1940 by the Germans. After the war it became the Air Force Enforcement Center, the military school of the Belgian Air Force. The Belgium air force used the domain to accommodate airman, candidate airman and staff. Rochendaal castle served as an officers home and was renamed ‘Building 22’.

The castle is a building with many artifacts. The beautiful details on the ceiling, the wooden tiger heads on the fireplace and the view on the outside are marvelous.

Fire

In 1996 the military site is closed down. The building become abandoned and are now ruined by squatters and thieves. On 13 September 2017, the castle was destroyed by a fire. Even after the fire, the city of Sint-Truiden still wants to take over the castle and domain. According to the master plan for the site, the 16 hectares would become residential area and a park. I visited ‘Chateau Rochedaal’ in 2006 and 2012.

Chateau Rochendaal
Chateau Rochendaal
Chateau Rochendaal
Chateau Rochendaal
Chateau Rochendaal
Chateau Rochendaal
Chateau Rochendaal
Chateau Rochendaal
Chateau Rochendaal
Chateau Rochendaal
Chateau Rochendaal
Chateau Rochendaal
Chateau Rochendaal
Chateau Rochendaal

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