Castle Jehay

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A bit of history

Jehay Castle – Province de Liège ©

The seigniory of Jehay saw its origins in the Middle Ages, but it was mainly during the 15th century that its destiny took shape.

Confiscated from Wathieu Datin by the Prince-Bishop in 1428, the site passed successively through the hands of the Gossuin de Beine, de Towin and de Sart families.

In 1537, Jehan Helman de Sart, husband of Margeurite de la Falloise, inherited the domain and fairly soon embarked on rebuilding a new castle. But it was the marriage of his daughter, Jeanne, to Arnould de Merode that especially secured the latter family's ownership of the seigniory for almost two centuries.

In 1720, the seigniory was purchased by Lambert van den Steen, seigneur of Saive in Hesbaye and advisor to the Prince-Bishop. This family went on to keep the domain for 280 years and to give it the splendour that is here for us to admire today.

Province de Liège has performed numerous works on the site since 2000. The most important of these, the restoration of the castle itself, has just started. The historical and archaeological surveys that will be conducted during this enormous construction project are sure to cast a new light on this very popular heritage and tourism site.

Jehay Castle – Province de Liège ©