Friday, February 12, 2010

Halte Royale d'Ardenne ...

... the Lesse bridge ...

... Line 166 forms together with line 165 Bertrix-Athus
goods transportation line Athus-Maas/Meuse ...
source: en.wikipedia.org

... former railway station 'Halte d'Ardenne' ...

... view on tunnel d'Ardenne - length 507 m. -

... designed to make the remote castle accessible
to wealthy tourists ...

... King Leopold II wanted to promote the Belgian region of
the Ardennes as a holiday destination for the international jet-set.
To this goal he had his château converted into a luxury hotel.
A railway station in the corner of the park made the remote castle
accessible to tourists. ...

... Helleborus ...

Halte Royal d'Ardenne
... Old station build by King Leopold II
to access to his castle in Houyet (1878) ...
... The railway station was closed in 1919,
due to heavy damage during World War I ...

railway line 166: Dinant - Bertrix
... length: 70 km ...
... built: 20 december 1880 - 20 october 1899 ...

spoorlijn 166 - Dinant Bertrix ... (NL)
by nl.wikipedia.org
... de lijn is ruim 70 km lang....
... werd in verschillende delen tussen 20 december 1880
en 20 oktober 1899 aangelegd ...


Tour Léopold ... (EN)
by royal-ardenne.be
... official website of The Royal Golf Club
du Château Royal d'Ardenne
... the Leopold Tower built in 1878 ...


Castle of Ardenne ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... situated in the municipality of Houyet not far
from the Royal Castle of Ciergnon. The edifice was
commanded in 1874 by King Leopold II of Belgium
and
was built after the plans of his architect Alphonse Balat.

It replaced on elder hunting lodge erected in the 1830's

on the same spot by Leopold I.

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