The Israel Jackont building in Antwerp

The corner of the Oostenstraat and the Steenbokstraat in Antwerp is dominated by a highly eclectic apartment building. It was built between 1922 and 1925 by architect Frans Van Rompaey on behalf of Israel Jackont.

Jackont was a highly respected diamond merchant in the nearby Antwerp diamond district. His apartment building is one of the grandest and most elaborate buildings in the Zurenborg quarter of the city. Still today, getting to live in the appartment is hard to come by and can be very expensive. It is also one of the most photographed private building of the city of Antwerp. The Jackont building looks a bit like the Flatiron Building in New York that was build 20 years earlier. Both are built on a sharp corner, the Flatiron Building however is much taller. The Jackont apartment has 6 floors, the Flatiron Building 22.

You can find the  Israel Jackont building at this address: Oostenstraat 50, Antwerp.

The castle of Baron de Viron

In 1862 architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaar (1811-1881) designed a castle for baron Théodore de Viron de Diéval. The castle was build in a neo-Tudor style, but it has a lot of influences from other architectural styles as well,  such as Romanesque and classical elements. The fairytale looking castle has a facade in red sandstone.

An interesting detail is that the castle has a hidden calendar: It's got 365 windows, 52 doors, 12 towers and seven steps. In 1923 the city of Dilbeek bought the castle of Baron de Viron. One a year later it opened its doors as the town hall of the city. The castle is surrounded by a beautiful park that is open to the public. The building is a protected property sinds 1990.

You can find the castle of Baron de Viron at this address: Gemeenteplein 1 Dilbeek.

The castle of Reinhardstein

The castle was built in 1354 by Renaud de Waimes and was the home of many families: the Nesselrodes, the Nassau and finally the counts of Metternich, who stayed at the castle for more than three centuries. During the French Revolution, the castle was completely destroyed.

The castle of Reinhardstein is located in the heart of wat is now Ostbelgien, the German speaking part of Belgium. It is settled on a protected and classified site of more than 120 ha. The black-brown schist castle stands on a rocky peak that overhangs a deep gorge, the Warche valley.

After 150 years of being destroyed and abandoned the Castle of Reinhardstein got its existence back in 1970, when it was completely renovated. Today, the Medieval Castle of Reinhardstein has its former glory back. The impressive halls, the rooms with authentic furniture, the armory and the tapestry clearly reflect the taste of the last owner of the castle and provides a separate, warm and sometimes extraordinary atmosphere.

You can find the castle at this address: Chemin du Cheneux 50, Ovifat.

The town hall of Sint-Niklaas

After the original town hall burned down the building was replaced by a stylish neo-Gothic building with a belfry in 1874. It was designed by the Ghent architect Pieter Van Kerckhove. King Leopold II and Queen Maria Henriëtte attended the official opening in 1878.

It is a typical example of a neo-Gothic mixture of an old Flemish gothic with a peal of 49 clocks in its belfry The tower of the town hall is about 40 meter high. The interior is decorated with polychrome murals in Gothic Revival style. A part of the urban cultural heritage with sculptures, paintings and engravings is permanently on display. A grand staircase leads to the large wedding hall, where one has a great view of the Grand Place. The in front of the town hall is a statue of Saint Nicholas, after whom the city is named.

You can find the town hall of Sint-Niklaas on this address: Grote Markt 1, Sint-Niklaas.