Chateau Vyle

THE ABANDONED CASTLE IN BELGIUM


Chateau Vyle is an abandoned castle in the village Vyle-et-Tharoul. Luckily, the building was renovated in 2016 after years of neglect.

This castle dates from the nineteenth century, but it is based on older foundation that are dated 1740. The oldest wing of the castle was built by the Lamarche-Francotte family in 1820. The Lamarche family were tobacconists.

Later the castle was property of Count Alphonse de Meeus and Baroness Louise d’Overschie de Neeryssche. The chateau stayed property of the Meeus family for many years. Over time, the castle has been the subject of many restorations and transformations.

Second World War

The Chateau Vyle figured quite prominently during the war. A German army unit had used the chateau as their billet when the German forces swept through Belgium in 1940. In 1944 the American ‘300th Combat Engineers’ did the same. The furniture was moved out and they slept on the floor of the dining room, the officers were quartered in the upstairs rooms.

It has been abandoned for 20 years, the roof and the first floor collapsed. The whole building is just falling apart. During its abandonment the castle becomes a famous spot for photographers who named the place ‘Chateau Congo’. In July 2016 the castle was bought by an entrepreneur, it was renovated into apartments. I visited the castle just before it was renovated.

Chateau Vyle
Chateau Vyle
Chateau Vyle
Chateau Vyle
Chateau Vyle
Chateau Vyle
Chateau Vyle
Chateau Vyle
Chateau Vyle
Chateau Vyle


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