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A Castle brought to Life
By Nils Visser
A pictorial portrayal of the bank holiday weekend of 26, 27 and 28 May at Castle Hoensbroek, in Limburg, in the Netherlands. Under the slogan "Hoensbroek Lives!" a great number of re-enactors and weapons demonstration groups as well as related traders and entertainers, were allowed to invade the castle to try to give visitors and inkling of the activities that took place here during the Middle Ages.
Pictures by Nils Visser, Christoph Wiekart, Marcel Vankan, Niels Verschoor and Erik Mesdag, using a very simple little digital Olympus.
The original stronghold, remnants of which are visible in the main keep, was built in 1250.
The great Round Tower, was built in 1360
1500 saw further extensions of the main keep, including the front right tower.
A lot of remodelling went on in 1643
The building was 'modernised' in 1720