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Castle of Haar

The small town of Haarzuilens is part of the municipality of Utrecht, in the province of the same name. One is 8 kilometers to the west of the capital (also Utrecht).

Constructed in century XIX, the town is famous by its great Castle De Haar, the most visited of Holland after the Castle of Muiden. It was built in 1892 and concluded in 1912, after the fire that completely destroyed the original structure of century XIV.

The magnificent building is surrounded by a profuse forest of highest trees, that give a story aspect him of you foretell. A popular legend says that, anxious to see his castle in the middle of a magnificent park of old trees, the gentleman of those earth found one more a solution faster than to hope the many years that he would have taken his growth.

Several houses that were in the way from Utrecht were demolished to allow the passage of centennial trees that were located across of the city, and the establishment of homes erected around to the castle was moved several 1 average kilometer and to the west. Thus, the forest was relocalizado around the castle, fulfilling desires of its owner.

The reconstruction of the castle we must to baron Etienne van Zuylen van Nijevelt, that inherited the ruins of already destroyed building in 1890. Interested as it were in the past of its family, it decided to build a monument in its honor.

For it, it chose nothing than to P.H.J. Cuypers less, perhaps the most famous Dutch architect, who was also in charge of the Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam. Its of the sort neogothic inclination gave rise to the castle Of Haar that today we know.

The interior of the building is sumptuous, but it only can be visited in guided routes, and is prohibited to take photographies.

Practical information

Address: Kasteellaan 1 - Haarzuilens

              * of the 28 of May to the 2 of September, every day from 13 to 16 hs. ;
              * of the 2 of October to the 18 of November, Tuesday to Sundays, the same hour.

Photo Via: Bob Addington' s

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