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Location DB > Belgium > Namur > Celles / Houyet > Chateau de Miranda
Chateau de Miranda
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created by spiritoflouis on 5/23/2008 8:24 PM
last modified by R426 on 3/22/2018 12:55 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
The outside is looking like a fairy-tale castle, the inside is nice too but completely decayed
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult - gone
Recommendation: forget it - it's gone
 Physical Information

Celles / Houyet, Namur
Owner: Private owners
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  •  Interesting Features

     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • dogs
  • part-time guard
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  • cameras
  • nervous guard with a gun,bullet full of salt i guess.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1880
    Closed: 1991
     Required Equipment
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  •  Recommended Equipment

    The Château Miranda, later called Chateau Noisy and located near Celles, Belgium, was built in phases circa 1866-1907. The ancestors of the family that own it fled to Celles during the French Revolution to hide in a farmhouse, and as the family grew they commissioned this wonderful castle from famed English architect Milner, followed by Pelchner, who was French. The château was built for Count Liedekerke-Beaufort, whose family also still owns the nearby Castle of Veves. The château was used as a private residence for many years, then occupied briefly by the Germans during World War II. The castle is also known as Chateau Noisy after the children’s home it was turned into – following the Second World War – by the National Railway Company of Belgium for the children of employees. It stayed a children’s home until 1980 and has been abandoned since 1991.

    The most striking feature of the château is a turreted clock tower which rises some 183 feet (56 meters) above the main house. The entire structure has many towers, conical roofs, and other Neo-Gothic details. It truly is like something out of a fairy tale, but a combination of vandalism, the elements, and deferred maintenance have taken their toll. Most of the 500 windows have been broken; walls, floors and staircases have collapsed; and fire has burned away some upper sections. Mold is a problem in this climate, and trees are growing on the roofs. Although beautifully rendered ceilings and columns still exist inside, they are in constant danger of being permanently lost.

    The property is privately owned, and the owner seems to be concentrating his efforts on preserving only the Castle of Veves. Some of the posts online allege that hunters and or armed security guards in the area try to run off any intruders around the château, and others say that the building is so dilapidated it’s very dangerous to go inside.
     Media Coverage
    Many on the internet, just search for them.
     Future Plans
    End of 2013, the Count of Liedekerke-Beaufort request a demolition permit for the castle, officially because of the risks to the safety of people who visit. The town of Houyet and the Walloon Region intends to grant the permit, unless a credible alternative is found quickly. However, many people were mobilized to prevent the building is demolished 2 .

    On 6 February 2014, the Minister Antonio Di Carlo registered the castle on the backup list Walloon heritage, giving a stay of up to one year during which the Walloon administration must determine whether the castle is worth to be ranked. Private investors also showed interest.
    On 30 September 2014 , the Minister Maxime Prévot decided not to classify the monument. This choice is well received by the Association Aresno (Association for the restoration and preservation of Noisy) ranked significantly increasing constraints and therefore the costs of any rehabilitation, estimated at € 20 million to € 25 million to restore perfectly identical. A Belgian-Luxembourg group made ​​an offer of € 4,000,000 to be able to make a hotel restaurant. Another group propose to invest between € 10 million and € 15 million for another project.

    Demolished in 2017

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     Photo Galleries
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    Fri, May 23rd, 2008
    posted by spiritoflouis
    14 pictures
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    lopix was around
    Mon, Jun 30th, 2008
    posted by lopix
    8 pictures
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    yokes stops by
    Sat, Jul 5th, 2008
    posted by yokes
    8 pictures
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    Noisy 2008
    Thu, Jul 16th, 2009
    posted by Jascha_400D
    18 pictures
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    14 Juilete 2012
    Wed, Feb 26th, 2014
    posted by La Cigale
    5 pictures

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    Coolness 10 / 10
    Content Quality 10 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 3/22/2018 1:19 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Mar 22 18 at 13:19, Steed validated this location
  • on Mar 22 18 at 0:55, R426 changed the following: Status, Accessibility, Recommendation, Future Plans
  • on Nov 12 14 at 1:17, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Nov 10 14 at 22:23, La Cigale changed the following: History, Future Plans
  • on Nov 10 14 at 22:22, La Cigale changed the following: Prefer Satellite, Accessibility, Media Coverage, Future Plans
  • on Nov 10 14 at 22:20, La Cigale changed the following: History, Year Closed, Security Measures
  • on May 26 14 at 8:32, Steed validated this location
  • on Feb 26 14 at 18:34, La Cigale added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Feb 26 14 at 18:25, La Cigale created a new gallery
  • on Nov 21 09 at 9:19, Opheliaism validated this location
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