Kasteel de Haar

Today was a fine sunny day, and despite the chilly winds we took a bike ride out to a nearby castle, as seen below:

Kasteel de Haar

Parts of the castle date all the way back to 1391 but it was fully and lavishly re-built and expanded when the family heir married a Rothschild back in about 1890.  It was a twenty year project architected by Pierre Cuypers, who also did the Amsterdam Centraal train station and the Rijksmuseum.

It has the best handiwork you could buy at the turn of the last century, outfitted with Ming vases, Belgian tapestries from the early 1500s, etc.  Quite a place, but unfortunately having some foundational difficulties now as it’s a bit too heavy for the marshy land it’s built on.

Apparently family members still come back each year in September.

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