Clausen's forgotten castle to be restored
(MH) After years of discussions, Luxembourg's Culture Minister has agreed to a three-step restoration plan for the Castle “La Fontaine” in Clausen, which includes applying for national monument status.
While the future of the historical castle has been a topic for many years, plans are just about to become concrete.
It was only shortly before his death that the owner Count Peter Ernst von Mansfeld bequeathed his property to the Spanish King, hoping that he would take care of his impressive castle.
Despite his attempts, it seems that his wish only comes true some 411 years later as the castle gradually declined over the past centuries.
In 2007, deputy Ben Fayot wrote a letter to former Culture Minister Octavie Modert to request more information about the future of the castle, yet never received an answer to his question.
Eight years later, his son, Franz Fayot, pitched the very same question, which proved to be more successful as Maggy Nagel has agreed to a three-step restoration plan.
Three-step restoration plan
While respecting the Renaissance-era elements of the castle, the property's gardens are to be made into a public park, with a maze and orchards included in the new design.
As part of the project, two wells, a Neptune fountain, an artificial grotto as well as a “cryptoportico”, a semi-subterranean corridor, will be restored and open to the public. According to the plan, housing spaces will be built on the remaining space.
The design of the new housing will be in-line with the Flemish Renaissance-era style of the castle, creating a balance between new and old.
Regarding the castle's rich history, authorities have applied to have the castle classified as a national monument which, so far, has been positively received by the “Comission des sites et des monuments nationaux”.
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