Kasteel de Haar Reflected

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Kasteel de Haar Reflected

Origins of De Haar Castle

The origins of De Haar Castle can be found in the Middle Ages. The medieval house was founded in the 14th century. In the 15th century the castle was destroyed and rebuilt with its still existing pentagonal floor plan. During the 18th and 19th century the castle was abandoned and fell to ruin. The young owner baron Etienne van Zuylen van Nijevelt van de Haar acquired the ruin by inheritance in the late 19th century. He decided to rebuild and restore his ancestral home with grandeur. Baron Etienne gave the assignment to the famous Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers. Piere Cuypers was well known for the construction and design of Amsterdam Central Station, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and more than 90 churches.

Restoration and Rebuilding

The enormous project started in 1892. The 15th century walls were restored and integrated in the new design. In less than 20 years the impressive building arose, complete with towers, moats, a drawbridge and more than 150 rooms. The new building was built in the Neo-Gothic style which was very popular in the 19th century. Inspired by the Middle Ages but with modern luxuries. A central heating system, a lift, a modern kitchen, hot and cold running water in most rooms and electrical lighting provided all the luxury the baron and his guests needed during their stays.

A "Gesamtkunstwerk"

The most remarkable aspect is that the castle was restored and rebuilt in a way unseen in Europe. The vision of Cuypers and baron Etienne didn’t stop with the building itself but also included the interior design of the building, the surrounding gardens, chapel and even the village Haarzuilens. This “Gesamtkunstwerk” (integrated work of art") was a creation of a unique world.

The park and gardens

The gardens directly surrounding the castle were designed in the French Geometric style, like the gardens of Versailles. The rest of the 135 acre park was designed in the English Country Style with winding paths, beautiful vistas of the castle in the distance, bridges and beautiful, impressive trees.

The chapel

The chapel was almost entirely gone when baron Etienne first arrived in the 1880s. Cuypers rebuilt the chapel based on the still visible floor plan and the remains of the wooden barrel vault.

The village Haarzuilens

Approximately at the place where the Roman Garden lies, the medieval village Haarzuilens was situated until 1892. The village didn't fit in the plans for the park and gardens so baron Etienne decided to relocate the residents and village. An entirely new village was build on the outskirts of the park. The residents moved there in 1898, accompanied by great festivities.

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Comments (14)

Nadia Kushnir on March 5, 2013

Beautiful! LIKE! Kind regards. Nadia.

Marketa Losmanova on March 5, 2013

LIKE

Chris10 © on March 5, 2013

Voortreffelijk Erik. En loeischerp is ie ook nog eens.

Daag, Christien.

♦Rosa♦ on March 5, 2013

A most beautiful mirrored reflection! It looks very well cared for. Beautiful architecture. Like. Regards, Rosa.

Kostia Semytskyi on March 5, 2013

Nice! Like 4. Greeting from Ukraine. Kostia

bdeh on March 6, 2013

Bijzonder MOOIe opname met die reflecties Erik. Groeten Berend

Ria Overbeeke on March 7, 2013

Mooi!

K@rin on March 8, 2013

Geweldig met de reflectie en strakke lijnen van de vijver , mooie hoek gekozen , like en *

groet Karin

PS had toevallig van de week op de site gekeken voor het weekend van 20 en 21 april alhier , wellicht komt het er dit jaar 's van om er naar toe te gaan

els f on March 8, 2013

prachtig spiegelbeeld! LIKE

Bruce Edwards on March 8, 2013

I Like how this frame is composed and the image clarity.

khoi tranduc on March 10, 2013

Very nice photo! Like!

David (Laaglander) on March 10, 2013

Deze vind ik werkelijk de mooiste Erik !!!

Ook LIKE enne YS !!

ik moet zeggen afgelopen jaren zijn al wel wat Pano-friends naar dit domein geweest voor de foto's zoals jij nu. Zelf heb ik het nogal eigenaardig gevonden waarom dat hier "haar" heet. Als Vlaming dacht ik alle keren aan mensenhaar of ander soort haar.

Nu heb 'k via Wikipedia effe uitgezocht wat de échte oorsprong van die naam is: "Kasteel de Haar (vroeger Het Huys te Haer, van Oergermaans 'Haru', zandige heuvelrug)" .....zo weet ik dat dan weer ! ;)

groetjes, David

Erik van den Ham on March 10, 2013

Hello Nadia, Marketa, Rosa, Kostia, Bruce and KhoiTran thank you all very much for your kind comments and visit to my gallery. I think this is a beautiful castle but perhaps somewhat overdone in a way.

Hallo Chris10, Berend, Ria, K@rin, Els en David dank jullie allen voor de fijne commentaren en de waarderingen. Dat weekend van 20 en 21 April zal zeker de moeite waard zijn K@rin ook ik overweeg om heen te gaan. Heb er er veel leuks over gehoord en als je het programma bekijkt zal er ook dit jaar weer van alles te beleven en fotograferen zijn.

What's in a name David? Namen kunnen soms heel raar lijken en blijken zoals hier soms heel andere betekenissen te hebben. Een stukje van de geschiedenis van dit kasteel verplaatst zich zelfs naar Brugge. Dus ook met België is er een connectie.

Greetings, Groeten, Erik

GWHoffman on March 13, 2013

Beautiful! LK-11!

Kind regards, Glenn

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