'castle-of-mesen-lede''castle-of-mesen-lede' Urban exploration: Castle of Mesen, Lede

Castle of Mesen, Lede

Type CountryExploration DateOn the MapStatusRating
Private building
Private building
Belgium
Belgium
2005-03-01Where is it on the map???Demolished****


Yet another 'no future' location. Maybe the most sentimental location we explored. Located in the center of Lede, close to Aalst, this castle has a complex history.

The Castle Of Mesen, Before 1914.

Built and destroyed many times, what remains from this building dates mainly from the beginning of the 17th century. In the middle of a pretty public park of 7 hectares, the castle has a lot of outbuildings like stables and an orangery.

Castle of Mesen, Lede - Click to enlarge!

After 1796, the castle was not used as a living place anymore. During the next century, the castle was used for the local industry A gin distillery, a sugar refinery, a potash refinery and a tobacco factory took place in the caves of the castle. Still a lot of machines remain there.

Castle of Mesen, Lede - Click to enlarge!

In 1897 the castle was sold to a religious order that built the impressive neo-gothic chapel. After the First World War an institution bought the complex and established a school for the local children. A new aisle was added, the nice Dutch pavilion, and also a school.

Lede Boarding School (1914-1970)

This boarding school was first located in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, founded by Mrs de Maintenon. After its destruction, it moved to Lede in Belgium. The teaching was performed in French. Only female students here, the school is reserved to the penniless aristocracy. Later on, militaries daughters were allowed.

Castle of Mesen, Lede - Click to enlarge!
Castle of Mesen, Lede - Click to enlarge!
The beautiful chapel


The education was very 18th century oriented: strict and rigorous. The motto was "I'd maintain". For instance, the girls had to greet their teachers with a curtsey performed in three movements when they entered in the classrooms. Then when the teacher went out, the pupils stood up and made another curtsey while saying "Miss, we thank you for the lessons you taught us".

The school was financed by the Belgian aristocracy. The Boël baroness, Miss Carton de Villard among many others. The pupils paid also an expensive tribute.

The days started up early. At 6am they had to wake up and wash. After the 7pm mass, the breakfast and the lessons followed. The mass was given by an external priest, no religious person was allowed to stay inside the school. The chapel, nowadays in a derelict state, had a beautiful long blue carpet in the center alley, with an heraldic lily painted on it.

The education was particularly refined: the girls had to know everything to behave in the high society and in 'great houses'. Learning how to receive important persons but also being able to manage employees, while being able to perform any housework. This on top of the primary and secondary lessons. Actually, one started the school at the age of 5 to finish at 18 years old! The professors taught principles such as "Misses, if you have the chance to manage employees, it is absolutely necessary that you can do everything they can do, at least as well as you expect from them. And if you don't, well this would be at least extremely useful for your family and yourself".

Castle of Mesen, Lede - Click to enlarge!
Castle of Mesen, Lede - Click to enlarge!




150 pupils lived there. The studies were extremely well followed. The girls received one visit per month, and were allowed to go back home only one month per year.

The leisure? Reading, walking in the country, and gym.

Each 5-6 years old pupil was patroned by a 12 to 18 years old girl who was responsible of her. She had to guide her little one and take care of her, for example watch out her clothes and behavior. The little girls slept in dormitory rooms while the oldest ones had private rooms, equipped of baths.

Castle of Mesen, Lede - Click to enlarge!

Decline

Problems appear then; Then the problems arose: the castle belongs in 1970 to the Ministry of Defence that let the complex rot. Costs for restoration became so high that it was refused to list the castle as a historical monument.

Associations are fighting for a rehabilitation, but as often money and procedures problems impeach any action to be taken. Still it remains a quiet and peaceful place to explore, although dangerous because everything is collapsing. Sad...

Greatness and decline is the motto here... The location gets more and more vandalized. A place that keeps its own char that we tried to revive by these ancient pictures. Happy exploring.

Castle of Mesen, Lede - Click to enlarge!
Many thanks to Mr Guy André de Pauw for all his invaluable information regarding this location and his old pictures.
In memory of his late mother, pupil at the boarding school from 1925 to 1938.




There are 73 comments
Willie – Belgium
July 10, 2012 - 19:22
Lede

This is Belgium at his top: destroying old beautiful stuff to replace with stupid,ugly things who can stay only a few decades and then fall into pieces.SAD !!!

July 19, 2011 - 20:35
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brigitte – tarbes, france
July 19, 2011 - 14:22
super ces superpositions !

c'est très bien fait, ces superpositions avant-après ! cela donne une juste idée des bâtiments à l'époque. bravo...

Jens Kuhl – Germany
September 05, 2010 - 09:32
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For this I can recommend too to join the facebook group I told about below your comment, Jorge. Take a look too on the older comments. There are many people knows pretty more but me about the history, there are too a man with your last name. And there are too comments about a Mesen book.
It will need time to investigate there but maybe you will find out new things.

For the history of the castle itself here on the forbidden places site are one of the best informations in the web, I think.

Jorge Mesen – Costa Rica
August 29, 2010 - 21:10
Personal question

Hello everyone,

I know you have created this comment section to discuss the beauty of the castle as an attempt to save it from being demolished.
Recently I have had a very big interest in finding out the origin of my last name and ran across this photo gallery showing a castle with the name I have been trying to do research on.
So, understanding that a lot of people have been interested in the history of this place I wonder if there would be anyone that may be able to tell me about the origins of this castle and it's name. Dates and other information that may be useful for genealogical purposes will be appreciated as well.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and any information.

Jens Kuhl – Germany
August 25, 2010 - 16:53
New activities for the theatre of Mesen

Since our last comments a lot of things happens.

Yes, the beautyful chapel and the southern wing are demolished now. The same with the Hollands Pavillion and the orangery. We lost a lot of beauty. But: the eastern wing still exists and as far as I know they want try to save it and use the 3 outside walls what remaining of it for the service flats they want to create there.
In the north of the eastern school building a beautyful theatre is situated. In bad condition, but it exists. As far as we know they want to destroy the theatre.
Now we thought about how difficult it would be to get the theatre out of the building if they want to save the walls around it. In the west, the north and the east are the outside walls and in the south is the stairway. If I not completely wrong, the theatre hold the building at least partial with it's pillars- in the south the most ceilings and almost the complete roof are collapsed, and in the north, where the theatre is below, more exists.

Because of this we have the idea: Why not restore the theatre and use it for example for the cafeteria they plan too for their serviceflats? In the south of the eastern school wing is enough space for the serviceflats and the southern front of the eastern wing is destroyed; so they just need to move a little bit. And the theatre could stay for the next generations. It would be the last piece of Mesen where it is possible to feel the atmosphere and the size of the former school.

More people now are supporting this idea. What is fine: The most of them now are flemish people, how it should be:-).
For the theatre the people started a new petition for example:

savemesen.epetitions.net

We are grateful for every sign, so feel free;-) :-)...
(It is important here to confim the sign with a click on a link you will get via email behind the signing).

The people created flyers they hand out and posters people can put in their car and home windows. And on the 14th of august we are meet the belgian TV station VTM and told in their "de stip" about Mesen, it's theatre and our ideas. Here the result.

www.youtube.com

Who love this: we are grateful for every support. Here our group on facebook again:

www.facebook.com

Sorry for the long text and all my best, Jens:-).

Peeter
June 23, 2010 - 20:16
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Just as much as I got excited as I saw the photos it made me disappointed to read the comments. Demolishing. Terribly sad.

Jens Kuhl – Germany
June 15, 2010 - 14:30
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Yes, Kev, you said what I feel. I am grateful for everyone who tried to help save this living dream.

Yesterday, at the 14th of june in 2010, they torn down the chapel. Now, I think, the fight is over.

www.facebook.com

Thanks again and again for everyone who tried to help, this was comforting in all this worse things.

Kevin – England
June 06, 2010 - 04:18
castle of mesen

Jens,

I am sorry to say that they have distroyed and distrubed the beautiful dream that layed there so peacefully for over 40 years, a place where dreams were made true and peoples memories where kept alive! but through greed and the quick turn of profit they were distroyed! you and me both know they could of stopped this if they wanted to. I just hope they can live with the dission they've made. they have torn the heart out of lede but their the ones that have to live with it. we did our best. I hope you're happy mayor of Lede. sleep well in the knowledge of what you've done.

Jens Kuhl – Germany
June 02, 2010 - 12:26
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Yes, Kevin, the demolition has started with the "Hollands Pavillion".
I too can't understand what's happened in Lede, so many people are scolding about this demolition, but just a few people are really fighting. The meeting with Webnieuws on the 1st of may just 6 people joined, 3 of them all coming in my car from Germany.

There was over 1400 (now over 1700) people in the facebook- group, many of them from Lede, we sent a invitation to everyone of this over 1400 people. Just 2 people from Lede and it's neighbourhood really comes.

So the mayor of Lede said approximately: There is no interest for Mesen. I really don't understand what's happens in this town.

And I am extremely angry, because I think, there are possibilities to do something. But what can anybody do with a town full of seeming lazy and ignorant people?

I don't get this. And somehow I can stand this. It remember me the final of "The life of brain" where Brain's friends prefer to kill themself but to rescue Brain.

It is all so stupid and hurts so much.

So long for my feelings...

Kevin – England
May 21, 2010 - 16:10
Castle of Mesen

Sad to say that demolition has now began on the castle, Our petition and our group tried to save this place but there was lack of support from the people of Lede. So sorry to say we failed! but a big thank you to those that tried to help us. R.I,P Castle Mesen.

May 05, 2010 - 21:32
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There are 2 newsletter articles now about our meeting at the 1st of may:

www.webnieuwserpemerelede.be/index.php/201005034876/Lede/Internationaal-protest-tegen-geplande-sloop-Mesen.html

www.nieuwsblad.be/article/detail.aspx?articleid=J92PMIKR

And here is a tv report from the last monday about Mesen:

www.tv

At the first of may the castle was still there, Alphonsus; but some preparations has started. Idon't know when the demolition itself begin. I hope, NEVER!!

Alphonsus
May 02, 2010 - 13:19
Is the Château de Mesen still there

I would like to go to this amazing place! will be in Brussels on the 6th of May. Has demolition work been started already? And is there any public transport that i could take that will bring me near to the Château?

Jens Kuhl – Germany
April 27, 2010 - 13:41
Meeting with Webnieuws ErpeMereLede at the first of may...

Now we have some news again; and this are good news:

On the next saturday, the 1st of may 2010, we meet Herman Laneau from the newspaper Webnieuws ErpeMereLede by the Castle of Mesen.

Saturday, 1st of may 2010, at 15: 00 o'clock, at the gate of Kasteeldreef.

He will come with a photographer and maybe inform an other newspaper too. If anybody is in Oost- Flanderen in this time feel free to join our meeting! I hope there will come many people, with banners maybe, who show their support for het Kasteel van Mesen and come together for the press photo! I have post it in the facebook group and hope, many people from Lede read it and join!

And if there some foreigners it would be more than brilliant!!

Like I heard the demolition itself do not start in the next days and is'nt running till now. We have a little bit time (I don't know, how many) what we should use!!

Come to Lede; 1st of may, 15: 00 o'clock at the gate by the Kasteeldreef!

Till then? Jens:-).

Ani – Limburg - Belgium
April 21, 2010 - 15:11
Castle Mesen

Ooooh are they really going to demolish this great thing? Or by now it's done already? How sad...such a great piece of history!

Jens Kuhl – Germany
April 14, 2010 - 00:03
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Ohh, that's bad...

Thanks for signing, Evita

Maybe there is a hope for the chapel: An architecturial student from Lede made plans for saving the chapel, restore it and use it for different purposes, for parties for example.

Maybe this is the last chance to save it. Today I thought: Imagine, some times later we could have an official international urbex meeting there?!?! In the world- famous Mesen- chapel!

Let's dream.... and fight for the dreams!!!

Evita
April 10, 2010 - 22:38
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We tried to get in a week ago, but were busted by a 'guard' who had very mysteriously written down our license plate...and threatened to call the cops on us
So we left, but this place is unbelievable!
Good luck with the petition, I signed it already.

Jens Kuhl – Germany
April 09, 2010 - 11:45
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You say, what I feel, Natascha!

There are more people like you in Lede, Natascha? Why do'nt demonstrate? Show the politicians what you think! Shout it out LOUD; VERY LOUD!! This is a thing what needs noise, MANY of it!!

2 days ago we sent our petition with 275 signs (at present around 290 signs) to the mayor of Lede and to the newspaper too. There are over 290 people who signed it, People from the whole world. There are your home; Lede, Erpe, Mere; Aalst; but there are other places in Belgium and there are Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States, France, Canada and Singapore too.

Can they really ignore the whole world?!?!

As more as you fight in Lede, as more we gets more energy to continue our fight from the far in Germany and the United Kingdom, as more we see it makes sense. But like I said in Kev's group: we need the citizen in Lede and ca'nt do it without you!

You all in Lede have enlite a fire under the asses of the politicians there! If hundreds of people demonstrate there (Kevin's group has 714 members), they must pay attention to what you say!!

Unite, damn; you have the power!!

Natascha – Lede
April 07, 2010 - 15:57
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I feel so sad it's going to be demolished next week. And for what? for some ugly modern buildings for putting old people in it? Everything for the money! That's Lede, a stupid village. on the square there are also in the past demolished a lot of beautiful buildings to put some ugly modern ones in place! I don't get them. Why do they want to throw away history?
It's going to be strange to never see the castle again when I go to school.
I think it's impossible to get in because they are workin there. I realy feel sad because I never went in the castle, I never saw its beauty.
They could have done so many beautiful things with it. But they just let it rot away. and I hate the previous owners of the castle, because they are the ones who didn't want to sell it!
Also the parc around it has become ugly with all their machines.

Why isn't there anyone who is a bilionar and can buy and restore the castle?

Jens Kuhl – Germany
April 04, 2010 - 00:26
Facebook group for Mesen...

Some days ago Kevin founded a facebook group for Mesen:

www.facebook.com

Since these days the group gets 318 members, including many people from Lede! And it gets more every hour, in the last morning it was just around 160 people, friday morning just 45 of them.

Come in Kevin's group, enchourage the people in Lede fighting for it's juwel. At present I think it is the best contact to the people there.

And please, please subscribe our petition, like Anny said.
Here is the link again:

www.ipetitions.com

(If a donation window appears behind the signing, than you can close the site, regardless of this your sign is valid! Nobody have to pay there!!!)

You can check your sign there, maybe not in chronological order (but in the right day):

www.ipetitions.com

Best regards, Jens.

March 30, 2010 - 09:13
Petition

There is now a Petition for not starting the demolition of the Kasteel!

Please visit www.ipetitions.com and subscribe so the people in Lede can see that the Kasteel van Mesen is a Monument from international interest & worth to save it.

We need it fast, because we have only a few days to show how many people like the Kasteel.
When you think about, how many people do Urban Exploring & nearly everyone of them thinks, the Kasteel van Mesen is a special place, then I please you all to give us your voice for this action!!
Else we will lose another really wonderful place to characterless architecture.

March 27, 2010 - 14:15
The link

Sorry, I forgot the link.

Here is it:

kasteel-van-mesen.foren-city.de/

Best regards from Germany, Jens.

March 27, 2010 - 14:12
Kasteel van Mesen- a new forum

Hello Jeno,

amazing; you have the same nickname like me in many communities

I founded a new forum for Kasteel van Mesen some days ago. I want to try unite all the people who want to safe this place. It is divided in 3 parts- one flemish/ nederlands speaking, one english speaking and one german speaking part.

At present it is quiet empty but I think we can fill it with life. Some ideas exists till now, maybe it becomes more?!!?

All ideas to safe Mesen and stop the demolition are welcome!

My last information means that the demolition will start in the 12th April. Can we stop it?

Best regards, Jens.

Jeno
March 26, 2010 - 12:15
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Visited this location 2 days ago, it's still intact but they're working on it. I'm afraid there's no stopping the demolishing. It's a shame cause this site is absolutely stunning! We got in by climbing over on of the outside walls, seems to be the only way to get into the area. There are workers there on weekdays if they see you they'll tell you to leave (unless you want cop trouble)
The site's big enough to explore while staying unseen though. Very very beautiful.

Made this pic:

Jens Kuhl – Germany
March 23, 2010 - 00:14
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Hello Kevin,

nice to hear from you:-).

Unfortunately I afraid we can't really stop it. I also don't really know how to do this. But I want try it.
At first I want to try unite all people who love Mesen.

If you want, then write me (just click on my name and then looking for "contact"!

Best regards, Jens:-).

Kevin – England
March 22, 2010 - 19:35
Castle of Mesen

Hi Jens, that's great news that you're trying to get something done to stop them from demolishing the castle. I have been going to many sites and blogs leaving information for here so that people can join in the fight! We'll have to start moving fast and make them see what a mistake it would be to tear down yet another peice of history. I feel sorry for the children as they don't realize that a part of their history is being stolen from them when it should be protected! People in the local area and all schools and businesses should be made aware of what's going to happen to the castle, they probably don't know what to do or where to start. Need to get a potion started with as many signitures as possible. Time's running out!I'll keep checking back here.

All the best and good luck Kevin.

Jens Kuhl – Germany
March 20, 2010 - 10:26
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Hello Kevin, hello Braxton, hello everyone who love this place,

some friends and me just a few days ago heard from the demolition. We want to try what seems impossible- to stop this madness. We are planning to start a forum just for the Castle, we hope that everyone who know it introduce "his Mesen part", his photos, experiences or "just" his dreams and hopes and thoughts and wishes in it. As more people from all around the world show on this way, how important this castle for them, as more mabe it's possible to stop the demolition and get more time.

Further we are planning a signature list for stopping the demolition.

At present it all are just thoughts. But we will need everyone and his power to achieve the new chance...

Together maybe: YES; WE CAN!

More information coming soon.

Best regards and hope for your feedback, Jens.

Kevin – England
March 16, 2010 - 18:05
Castle of Mesen

Here are the most detailed pictures of the outside of the castle, surely after looking at these pictures it would be a great shame to demolish this beautiful building. so why can't they create a data base for volunteers� that would love to help restore this place?

http://beeldmateriaal.hierendaar.be/#11
Kevin – England
March 08, 2010 - 19:10
Castle Mesen

Hi Braxton, Yes this saddens me also! when they are going to develop the new appartments, they plan to leave one of the towers and the outta buildings. The main part of the buildings will be torn down but! there is some talk of a government offical taking a back hand to push this development through. It gets me very angry that their thowing their history away just like the UK has done.... so many beautiful places have gone from here. This place could of been saved, I just wished there was time to save it.

Braxton Williams – Wilmington, NC
March 08, 2010 - 16:01
Castle Mesen

Thanks for your information Kevin though it saddens me greatly. I wonder if any attempt was made to save the window glass, or any salvageable fancy bits of the house, stone carvings etc. it seems unimaginable that all should be lost. If I were building the apartments I would have at least attempted to save the facades of the existing buildings--however that would reduce profits and require foresight and brains, which developers rarely have.

Kevin – England
March 08, 2010 - 13:22
Castle of Mesrn, Lede

Bad news! the demolition will start this april has been given the go ahead for new luxury appartments. I wish this could of been stopped and people cared enough to save such a beautiful place

Kevin – England
February 15, 2010 - 12:24
Castle of Mesen, Lede

I was wondering if there was any new information on the castle and regarding its future. It sickens me to see such a beautiful building going to rack and ruin and laid to waste! I cannot comprehend why such people would vandalize and destroy such a place. I wonder if the parents of these vandals knew what their children were doing would they be so proud. Why can’t the government officials of Lede incorporate a program like the Americans do? There is still time to save this wonderful building and the local officials can cut the cost in repairing the building in half. There are plenty of people out there that would love to see this building restored, so why not create a data base for volunteers’ that would love to help restore this place along with people with trades i.e. builders, plasters, and roofers, Plumbers, electricians and so forth. They could get local and businesses from Lede and other surrounding areas to donate materials for building and restoration and have them clam it as a tax deduction. It is not an impossibility to attract sponsors from around the world and breathe new life into this jewel. The building once restored could be used as a museum or turned into a hotel generating revenue for the local area. Is there any way of submitting these ideas to local government?

Bruce Hansen – Bromley Kent England
February 10, 2010 - 19:13
Castle of Mesen/Bettes Family

Bill(now in Canada) wrote on Nov 10th 2007 that he would like information about the Bettes family from 1900-2000. My wife was a pupil at the school for 9 years and has all the School Magazines from about 1930-1938. In them there is the complete history of the Bettes family. If you get in touch via these pages we should be pleased to let you have the details you request. I will check this site weekly from 10th February 2010 until we hear from you Bruce.

Sander – Wilhelminadorp
January 09, 2010 - 17:30
hoe staat het er nu voor?

Kan iemand vertellen hoe het er nu bij staat?

Braxton Williams
October 19, 2009 - 21:47
Wal-Mart

I'm pretty sure the poster about Wal-mart was kidding! They were being sarcastic!

Craven
October 19, 2009 - 21:43
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It almost made me cry seeing those pictures. The castle is still beautiful and it made me sad that there are people who are happy seeing it die for a stupid walwart, which is btw anything but exclusive.

Thank you for sharing the dieing beauty.

eniggma – gent
June 22, 2009 - 21:29
neen moet blijven

waarom dat doet verdwijnen
waar moeten ze nu heen
het is hun thuis
wat ze er nu gaan opbouwen, gelijk wat
niemand zal er de rust vinden,
want alles van hun word afgenomen, het is hun thuis.....................
eniggma

June 22, 2009 - 14:35
hope.

hey all of you.
is there still any possibillity to vistit/explore this beautiful castle?
at least from the outside?
can you recommend any other special places to visit?
regards,
sennah

Dirk
February 15, 2009 - 09:58
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@Viveca:Wie kan er nu verdomme blij zijn dat zo iets moois zal verdwijnen ...en als je van Lede bent dan hoor je te weten dat er op de site een nieuw rusthuis en service flats komen,zoniet ben je écht oerdom hoor!
Bepaalde delen van de muur rondom het domein zijn nu afgebroken en in de plaats is er een mooi(het mag gezegd) hek geplaast.Persoonlijk vind ik wel dat waar vroeger betonplaaten stonden (ter hoogte van de beukendreef),m'n terug een muur moest gebouwd hebben i.p.v een hek.Dit om de intimiteit van het park te bewaren!Nu vrees ik het straatlawaai in dit deel van het park... Nog dit:BLIJF UIT DE GEBOUWEN/KEEP OUT OF THE BUILDINGS.Schoolvleugel 1 is écht levensgevaarlijk geworden!!Onlangs zijn nog 2 dakkapellen naar beneden gekomen!Als je zoiets op je hoofd krijgt,ben je er geweest hoor....

Viveca – Lede
January 29, 2009 - 01:12
Castle of Mesen

I am so happy that the place is being torn down. They are going to build a Super walmart there. I can`t wait to have an exclusive place to buy my clothes.

Braxton Williams – Wilmington, NC
January 15, 2009 - 23:20
Thanks for the comment Jessica

Jessica, thanks for the comment, I agree with all you said. I wonder if this structure were in America, if any more would be done to save it. Europe has so many of these architectural ancient wonders, I think some of them fall by the wayside. We still do, however, tear down historic houses and buildings in America, in favor of so-called updated modern architecture. I wish i were rich, too, if nothing else to save/salvage the rare and beautiful.

Jessica – Indiana
January 15, 2009 - 15:59
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Beautiful! I wish it could be saved, at least the stained glass. I know it's been said over and over here, but if I had the money, I'd restore it. Though I'm sure it would cost many millions of dollars. I can think of worse things to spend money on.

Stephanie(wOondé iin Lede ^^)
August 29, 2008 - 00:28
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Don't go in there anymore! It's really too dangerous... And you can't get in there anymore either... I went in there last year, and your heart will break when you see how the castle is inside, it really made me sad...

Braxton Williams – Wilmington, NC
August 01, 2008 - 04:42
Castle Mesen

Castle Mesen has haunted me since I first saw it on this website. I wil still hold out hope for it's stabilization until the last brick falls. If nothing else, I pray that they save the windows from the chapel. It is an architectural masterpiece, and I wish I had unlimited funds to save the structure. Thank you for enlightening all of us to the beauty that still remains. Wealthy people, attention! Save this structure!

If nothing else, thanks for showing Castle Mesen to the world.

Kevin – Grand Rapids MI. USA
July 31, 2008 - 21:10
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I makes me very mad to see such beauty abandoned and left to rot. We arrogant "smart, modern people" dont mind spending 10, 20 or more than 75 thousand dollars on cars, but to preserve history? cant even waste 1 hour or 20 dollars. It no wonder us foolish humans keep having to rediscover things, why we never really make any progress. Sure, the style changes but we never really advance. We as humans need to preserve and appreciate history for if it wasn't for history we would not have anything.

Couldn't this amazing building be saved? Even if it had to be turned into a resort? it better than letting it be destroyed.

Thomas Hiensch – Nederland
July 19, 2008 - 22:55
Geïnteresteerd in de huidige staat en links

Ik ben zeer geïnteresseerd in het kasteel van Mesen. Laatste keer dat ik er was, merkte ik tot mijn schrik dat men begonnen is met de sloop van de kasteelmuur. Het zal nu niet lang meer duren.
Graag zou ik van een van u horen hoe het geheel er nu aan toe is. Ik vrees dat sloopwerkzaamheden zijn gevorderd.

Ook wil ik hier (als dat mag) een eigen link plaatsen, voor meer werk van mij omtrent het kasteel.
Informatie over de film die ik maak, links naar relevante youtubefilmpjes en meer, op www.TomHiensch.nl
Of zoek op youtube.com naar "Thomas Hiensch", of "the Daughterschool"

Daan
July 11, 2008 - 20:14
How dangerous is it?

I have a question concerning this location, how dangerous is it? Can you still go inside, of would that be suicide? And would it be possible to go inside with a small film crew?

HaDeZz – Lede
July 01, 2008 - 14:35
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Going there tonight again after months of absence...
Its getting more and more dangerous for people that don't know the location well tho

Franklin – The Netherlands
June 26, 2008 - 20:50
Risico's Kasteel Mesen te Lede

Beste,

Ik zie hieronder in een comment dat iemand aangeeft ter plaatse te gaan om nog foto's te nemen.
Ik ben er zelf enkele malen, een aantal jaren achtereenvolgens geweest. De conditie van het gebouw gaat heel hard achteruit.
Ik heb zelfs geprobeerd om een gespecialiseerde firma, via de gemeente dit pand over te laten nemen voor ombouw tot lofts, hotel etc.................maar helaas !!!!!
Ik vind het nu te gevaarlijk om nog te gaan kijken. Instortingsgevaar is zeer zeer groot!

T'is een mooi gebouw, waar je aan de buitenzijde nog heel mooie plaatjes kunt maken, doch binnen staat alles op instorten.
Dit is niet om iedereen te weerhouden, maar ieders veiligheid te waarborgen.
Je kunt maar gewaarschuwd zijn !!!

groetjes,

F.

Ben – Cali
May 05, 2008 - 13:44
Captivating

This is absolutely brilliant, thanks for the glimpse.

Cheers

Lizzy
April 24, 2008 - 20:51
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Ik wil er komende donderdag naartoe gaan
Voor enkele foto's te maken voor mij eindwerk
Hopelijk kan ik er makkelijk binnen

Bill – USA
April 19, 2008 - 02:31
Salvage operations

I am curious to know why no one has attempted to salvage much of the materials seen in the pictures, esp the stain glass windows, the wroght iron of the stairs, and numerous antiques. They would be worth much on a resale market.

Drew
February 16, 2008 - 22:00
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Your use of before and after photos truly enhance the experience of the journey through time. I can see the tremendous benefit of preparing before adventuring which allowed you to position yourself so perfectly for each exposure. A most excellent addition to your fine site!

Betty – Tokyo
January 25, 2008 - 00:54
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riches and prosperity do not appear to have suffered any. Its agriculture, which it loses the interest and, secondly, in the expense of replenishing

bill – now in canada
December 31, 2007 - 06:12
castle of mesen

my oma's family was Bette, does someone know in what year this castle changed hands? I am very interested in its history from 1700 to 1900, please let me know, bedankt

dan – south africa
November 10, 2007 - 21:26
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I am so captivated by these pics and realy enjoyed it

Jean
November 04, 2007 - 18:31
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Beautifully evocative photos... thank you for capturing the "bare, ruined choirs" of a place with such a history.

Jodi
November 03, 2007 - 21:15
castle of mesen

i've been in this castle for about a year ago with some friends. it's ridiculous they say it's about to collapse cuz it wasn't that dangerous, at least not as dangerous as i thought it would be. it was a very cool day though. when i was walking through the rooms and the corridors i kept imagining how it used to be years ago. they're talking about restaurating the whole place, personally i think that's not possible anymore. but i don't think they should bring it down either, too much history there and it's too special aswell. there's something about the place and it would be a shame if it would be lost. it's beautiful and it should stay the way is is

sher
June 27, 2004 - 01:08
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ik zen er al gn graffe:D

chris
June 27, 2004 - 08:23
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amazing place! ... does anyone one when it will be demolished?!

marie caesar
June 27, 2004 - 04:26
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Another Buddenbrook - thank you

The Breeze
June 26, 2004 - 13:14
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Gothic Dreaming.I love it!I suppose it's the juxtaposition of man's beautiful expression and the power and timelessness of nature reclaiming it...Thanks for letting me see your fabulous work;more please!

manolito_kok@hotmail.com
December 26, 2004 - 09:22
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Magnificent this enormous castle van Mesen. We defenly enjoyed our day exploring this place. We made beautiful pictures of this castle. M. Cook

sofie
December 26, 2004 - 09:36
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hey, you can find it near the station, there is a little parc; with a bog gate, it's always open, when you walk there you can see it, but you may not enter. Greetz, sofie

devos marleen
November 25, 2004 - 09:02
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Can some-one tell us where in Lede we can find this building. We surched today 2 houres but we didn't find it.

Dirk Brisard
August 28, 2004 - 08:14
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Ook ik krijg een krop in de keel telkens ik deze eens zo prachtige gebouwen nu in zo'n verschrikkellijke staat zie...Het gebouw of toch tenminste de kapel met de ongelooflijk mooie glasramen MOET behouden blijven!!!Heren ministers, instanties wakker worden verdorie!!!!!!!!

Anthony
August 28, 2004 - 07:56
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wonderful pictures. personally i think it is a shame to let the castle in that state. I am from Lede and i can assure you, it is (or better was) a very beautiful castle. I explored a lot already, but i discovered a few new things on this site. there's also an underground corridor that connects the chapel with the main building. yet again, it's a shame to let the nature destroy the castle...

Hanneke Wenders Eggen
June 25, 2004 - 11:34
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Wat vreselijk dat zo'n prachtig gebouw ten onder gaat, ik snap niet dat de Belgische regering dit soort monumenten niet beschermt!!!

Koen Peeters
August 27, 2004 - 12:13
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A wonderful place to be. As a beginning photographer I had one of my best shoots with a model inside the castle. We met some Castle of Mesen experts that day who showed us the best locations. I hope this unique place can be kept safe. If interested in the result of this shoot, visit my specific portfolio for this location via http://home.fotocommunity.de/koenpho.to > model sigrid > pasword = leveik greetz

Sari
July 28, 2004 - 08:24
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What a beautiful place. The comparison photos are very sad, like watching someone you love die slowly you sit and wait. I respect your courage to trample around in these ruins. Maybe someday we will learn that a monument such as this is worth preserving, even at the cost.

mergan
June 26, 2005 - 02:05
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Mijn vader is opgegroeid in Lede. Telekens ik dit prachtig gebouw voorbij rijd krijg ik een krop in de keel. Ik vind dat dit gebouw gespaard moet blijven. Het gezicht en verleden van Lede kan en mag niet verloren gaan.

Gorik
June 26, 2005 - 06:01
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I live there, not in there, but reaaally close to this... The photo's are up to date ;-) it's really bad... nobody is allowed to enter it, or even come near it, because it might collapse... i never went there myself though... just in the garden... that was huge... i think this building is a registrated monument, not sure though... but nobody does anything with it... demolish or restaurate, whatever, it just stands there, waiting for its natural death... from a distance it's beautiful, but you'll never find me inside, especially at night... it's awfully creepy... Mail me ^^ G

Therese
June 26, 2005 - 03:08
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Lovely, haunting, sad How could such a beautiful place be left to ruin. The stained glass and iron work are exquisite

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