By the late Middle Ages, Chasteler family owns most of the town of Moulbaix. They are a ”blue blood” family with connections to the most powerful people in our country at that time. The medieval castle was replaced in 1860 by an imposing neo-medieval English designed by the architect athois Désiré Limburg. Burned down first, restored in 1889, the castle is surrounded by a landscaped park due to the talents of Fuchs, the creator of the Bois de la Cambre in Brussels.
the castle itself is a TUDOR with 344 windows and 12 towers. The castle is well sealed, all big interior pieces got protected & numbered by a notary in 2007. The castle got into decay when a group of descendants couldn’t agree upon a single owner and as result the castle got into decay, especially within the upper floors where water is clearly breaching the flat roof. In september 2015 the castle was sold to Herman Govaert. So there maybe hope that the castle in time will be renovated but with a big price tag of 7 million Euro it is only the big question if it really going to happen.
When I visited this castle it was not spread on the internet. There were no smashed windows there was nothing damaged only pure decay. We got inside because of a door in the cellar was closed with just a chain around it that was too big. Inside our mouths fell open, we couldn’t believe that someone leaves something like this unattended. The castle was full of antique and unique objects for hours we walked around the castle. We walked back to the cellar when suddenly I hear a voice coming towards the cellar. We ran back up to the highest floor of the castle thinking we can just hide and wait till the owner leaves. But nothing happend as planned at all. The owner noticed someone was inside because he had put a stick on the stairs to see if someone had passed it. While we were inside we heard sirens coming towards the castle, minutes passed and soon minutes became hours and more and more sirens arrived to the castle. After 2 hours it became silent and we thought they gave up searching but soon another car arrived with police dogs. We heard several police dogs entering the castle searching our trail. We had walked everywhere so even the dogs had trouble finding us. After 4 hours of hiding on top of a stairwell to the attic behind a closed door cops got aware of us. In French and with drawn guns they shouted from behind the locked door to open it up. Now cops beginning to go up the stairs were we were also with drawn weapons. We shouted we were just photographers to not make it even worser that it already was but they were unstoppable and really pissed of for searching 4 hours for us. I got kicked in the back, gun to my face and directly handcuffed. The tree of us got escorted outside put inside a combi and brought to a police station were i was put in jail for almost 8 hours straight. My fellow photographer was better in French then me and explained the whole situation. Because at that time the owner thought we were burglars or something and thats why such police force was brought to the castle. Since my visit hundreds photographers have tried to visit the castle with a lot getting caught getting the castle to get a special name chateau de la police. Now people don’t get arrested or their car searched because they are now used to it but thats the downfall of being somewhere first.
It was a wise lesson for myself to know what to do when getting caught tho. Hiding is not the best option but u learn from mistakes.