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with a high wooden ceiling, a macabre altar decorated with the Instruments of the Passion, and a crypt with a replica of Christ’s tomb. Modelled after the Holy Sepulchre Church in Jerusalem, which family members had visited in a series of pilgrimages, its architecture, interior and unique relics provide an exceptional illustration of the Adornes family’s great reverence for Jerusalem. “The Adornes family built this chapel as an act of faith,” enthuses Véronique. “It is full of extraordinary details and above all Catholic faith symbolism which laud specific saints and are testaments to the piousness of the Adornes family.” Even today, the family celebrates religious events such as christenings and family blessings in the consecrated Roman Catholic chapel. The almshouses adjacent to the chapel are home to the Domain’s museum. Taking visitors deep into the history of the Adornes family, visitors can follow the footsteps of Anselm Adornes and learn all about the world in which he lived. You
will go on a pilgrimage, take part in a joust and meet many notable persons of the time, such the Lords of Gruuthuse and the Dukes of Burgundy. A special focus lies on Anselm’s relationship with Scotland: he was known to cherish a friendship with James III, King of the Scots, which eventually proved to be fatal. Anselm was assassinated in 1483. The home of the Adornes family has now been lovingly restored. Part of the house is open to regular visitors. In the Scottish Lounge, which once more underlines Anselm’s friendship with James III, you can take refreshments and reflect on your visit. The two large reception rooms of the main house have also been restored for the use of the family and are not open to the general public, yet they can be hired for group hospitality events such as receptions and dinners.
Adornes and the arts Following the tradition of the Adornes’ passion for the arts, the new exhibition space
is located in the newer buildings formerly used as living quarters by nuns. Throughout the year, the space serves as the backdrop for various cultural events and exhibitions by established artists. In mid-October, the Adornes Domain will host the exhibition Contemplation from local artist duo Jacqy duVal. Focusing on abstract art, it will be a beautiful and thought-provoking contrast to the medieval site. The motto ‘Sharing to bring alive - bringing alive to preserve’ is just as relevant when it applies to the family’s support for the arts and the numerous concerts and arts exhibitions held at the estate - proof that the Adornes Domain has revived a tradition established centuries ago. A long family tradition based on faith, tradition, support for the arts and engaging with the local community and tourists all shared with passion and enthusiasm from the de Limburg Stirum family. Web: www.adornes.org
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 5pm. Closed on Sundays and on public holidays. Entrance fee for adults: seven euros
Maximilien & Véronique de Limburg Stirum.
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