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Anna of Saxony

Emilia of Nassau and the Castle of Wijchen

The first castle on this site in Wijchen was built in the 14th century. It first went through the ownership of several Lords from the region before it was bought by Emilia of Nassau in 1609 after a fight with her brother Maurice of Nassau concerning the inheritance from her father, William the Silent. Her [read more]

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Castles

Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl

I went to Cologne two weeks ago and near Cologne is the city of Brühl. Brühl is the home of Augustusburg and the hunting lodge Falkenlust. Though they have no specific connection to a royal woman, they house some amazing paintings of relations of their first owner Archbishop-Elector of Cologne, Clemens August of Bavaria. He [read more]

Castles

Castle de Haar

So, Castle de Haar does not technically involve royalty. It dates back to 1391 and was rebuilt and remodelled during the years. It was at one point own by a Baron van Zuylen van Nyevelt van de Haar, who was married to Baroness Hèlène de Rothschild. It is still owned by the Van Zuylen van [read more]