DSC09726-scaled-1.jpegChâteau de Jehay
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Discover Jehay castle

Located in the commune of Amay, the Château de Jehay in its current state dates back to the 16th century. It has undergone numerous modifications under different owners. Today, it belongs to the Province of Liège, and part of the castle and its gardens are open to the public. The castle is surrounded by a moat, but its uniqueness lies above all in its “checkerboard” architecture, which is unique in Europe.

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Unfortunately, the château is currently undergoing renovation. Part of its facade is therefore undergoing work, and the interiors are not open to visitors at the moment. Nevertheless, we were able to visit the very beautiful gardens. What’s more, two permanent indoor exhibitions are still available. Here you can admire Jehay’s rich furniture collection.

We toured the so-called “à l’italienne” park, which extends over several hectares. We started by touring the pleasure gardens. The grounds are truly beautiful. Some of the trees are listed. At the center of the park is a special place: an ice house. Built in the 19th century, it was used to store natural ice harvested during the winter.

Another special feature of the park to observe: rather erotic bronze sculptures are arranged along the paths. They are the work of the château’s last owner: Count Guy van den Steen. He was also responsible for the complete redesign of the gardens.

Count Guy van den Steen was also responsible for the complete redesign of the gardens.

Count Guy van den Steen was also responsible for the redesign of the gardens.

The tour continues with a visit to the garden-potager. The current plants and seedlings are supplied by the Institut Provincial d’Enseignement Agronomique de La Reid. Here you can discover varieties of heirloom vegetables, edible flowers, fruit trees and delicate roses …

We ended our walk with a wooded path that took us back to the beautiful courtyard of the château where we had begun our tour.