THE ABANDONED, DECAYED AND FORGOTTEN!

CHATEAU ROCHENDAAL

OCTOBER 2008 - 35 PHOTOS
ABANDONED MILITARY CASTLE

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Between 1876 and 1891 was lawyer Jean Henri Paul Ulens mayor of St. Truiden. He was a pronounced catholic character and president of the "Bureel van weldadigheid", he was also chairman of the Provincial Commission Grand Foundations. Captain of the citizen guard and chairman of the agriculture commission.

It is 1850 when Mr. Ulens married his cousin Marie Ulens. In 1881 he gave order to build a small castle named Rochendaal. Today the weapon shield is still visible at the left hand side of the building. The whole domain including the castle where closed in 1996 and left abandoned since. After spending a lot of money on the infrastructure and modernize, the closing was hard to understand. After the leaving the castle is ransacked, vandalised and becomes gradually overgrown by nature.

During world war II the castle was incorporated in a military domain. The Belgium army made a base of operations nearby Brunstem. In may 1946 the military domain and airport where rapidly developed by the German luftwaffe, with in total 3 concrete runways. It became a important pawn in the military system of the Germans. The famous night hunting pilot Otto Frieze stayed on the then military castle.

After the war the domain felt back under competence of the Belgium army, the castle served as a officers place.The infrastructure, created by the Germans, was simply taken over and in the course of time it was extended. The Belgium airforce used the domain to accommodate airman, candidate airman and staff.