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Selys-Longchamps Castle

The Château de Sélys-Longchamps is a true architectural treasure, offering visitors a plunge into the history and elegance of the 19th century. Explore the magnificently decorated interiors, admire the remarkable architecture and stroll along the drève for an unforgettable tourist experience.

Unique empire-style château

from Belgium

The Château de Sélys-Longchamps, also known as Château de Longchamps, has a fascinating history. It was once owned by the de Fastré de la Neuville family, known as de Longchamps, in the 15th century. Over the generations, the château passed to the barons of Sélys-Longchamps. Construction of the château was commissioned by Michel-Laurent de Sélys, who was mayor of Liège in the early 19the century. Parisian architect Aimé Dubois was commissioned to draw up the plans, while construction was entrusted to Liège contractor Duckers and Parisian sculptor Mongin. The château was completed in 1810 and hosted sumptuous festivities in the time of Emperor Napoleon.

The architecture of Château de Sélys-Longchamps is interesting. The main facade, overlooking the main courtyard and majestic driveway, is composed of a central main building, an annex on the left and a rectangular building on the right. The materials used are mainly brick covered with white limestone. To the left of the main building is the original room known as the “Napoleon tent”, listed as a major heritage site in Wallonia, which reproduces Napoleon Bonaparte’s bivouac tent during the Egyptian campaign.

Inside the château, you’ll be fascinated by the classical lines and elegant decor. You’ll also find Empire furniture, including a console table, a pair of credenzas, armchairs and chairs.

The château property also includes a magnificent listed drève, a driveway that runs perpendicular to the château’s front facade.

Did you know?

Edmond de Selys-Longchamps (August 3, 1880 – May 28, 1884) is recognized as an eminent expert on dragonflies and damselflies. He built up one of the world’s largest and most opulent collections of neuropterans, and described numerous species. His precious collections are now in the custody of the Royal Museum of Natural Sciences of Belgium. In 1840, he produced a Monographie des Libellulidées d’Europe.

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