Kasteel Bouvigne


Breda, The Netherlands (2015)

Kasteel Bouvigne is only fifteen minute by bike from my flat. I ventured here today and was happy to find the surrounding parks.

This area has a long history, although it is not possible to note how old the castle is and what it originally looked like. In 1554, it was mentioned for the first time in an official document: the will of the former owner, Jacob van Brecht. Until 1802, this area was called Boeve Rows. Historians believe this to be a derivative from the Latin word ‘boveria’, meaning low meadow. There are many buildings in the area, including the chapel, the coach, and the headquarters of Brabantse Delta Water. Visitors are only able to enter the gardens. I’m told that I will get over the novelty of old buildings, however, I find this hard to believe. I love learning about the history of an area and imagining what life could have been like.

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