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LONTZEN

I only have one picture of this castle as it is private property and hard to view from the public road. Luckily we can see more of the castle on the old picture I found. The old home of the Lords of Lontzen lies in the village with the same name.
The origin of the name Lontzen goes back to 1275 when the castle was property of Coune de Lonchin. During the war for the succession to the throne of Limbourg the castle is besieged by the armies of Gelre. The son of Coune defended the castle for 40 days until help arrived from the army of Brabant. He and his father were taken prisoner during the battle of Woeringen in 1288. At the same time the castle was destroyed by the Brabanders. Coune de Lonchins sells the remains of castle Lontzen to Count Guy de Flandre in 1289 but his son Henri de Lonchins buys the castle back in 1239. After the death of Henri the castle goes to his daughter Yolanda de Lontzen who married Guillaume de Rittersbach. Later on she marries Thomas Holsit de Rolduc. Catherine de Holsit inherits the castle in 1396 and marries Ponce I de Welkenhuysen. He is probably the one who rebuilds the old stronghold completely.
We are in 1519 when the castle is property of Fréderic de Sombreffe. Later on his son owns the castle and leaves it to the husband of his sister Catherine; Guillaume de Golstein Lord of Müggenhausen. The Spanish army besieges castle Lontzen in 1578. The castle surrenders after three days. A Spanish garrison is installed until 1584 after which the castle is returned to his rightful owner, Guillaume Golstein. Through marriage the castle goes to the d'Obbendorf family. The castle is again under siege in 1696 when it is attacked by the Brandenburgse troops. Count Regnac orders to blow up the keep in 1702. The castle stays in a state of decay and Count Jean Guillaume Jos de Scheilart d'Obbendorf sells the castle ruin in 1732 to Count Jacques Louis d'Harscamp. He start rebuilding the castle. In 1738 he decides to demolish the biggest part of the old stronghold and to replace it with the building we still can see now.
The castle is in 1863 again in a state of decay. In 1882 it is bought by Léon Nellessen. After his death the chateau goes to his daughter Rose who is married to Baron Philippe Ostman von der Leye. The castle was burned down in 1972 and restored in 1986 by the current owners.

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