Photographer's Note

I took this picture during my last vacation in Europe. Photomatix software used to create HDR image.

Short information about this castle:

Laarne castle is situated 11km/7mi east of Ghent. The 11th/12th century pentagonal fortress was built to defend Ghent and rebuilt in the 17th century. Today it has two inner courtyards and a large keep on the right-hand facade and is surrounded by a moat. A stone arcaded bridge leads to the entrance.

The interior is furnished in the French and Antwerp styles; with exceptionally beautiful Brussels tapestries (16th century) depicting the Emperor Maximilian hunting, after cartoons by Bernard van Orley. On the first floor is a collection of silverwork of European class. It is the Claude Dallemagne Kollektion, which comprises chiefly French and Belgian silver from the 15th-18th century, including a plate designed by Rubens in 1628 which belonged to the Tsarina Catherine II and several splendid tankards.

Laarne Castle

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Viewed: 2004
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Additional Photos by Oleg Kuznetsov (osub) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 264] (1663)
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