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Gollard Tower

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Gollard Tower, locally known as Tour de Gollard or Tour Sarrasine, stands in a field between the villages of Noduwez and Marilles, south of the town of Tienen, in the province of Flemish Brabant in the Flemish region in Belgium.

This tower probably dates back to the 13th century when a family with the name of Gollard were the Lords of this seigniory. These Lords were vassals of the Duke of Brabant but were situated on the very border of the Duchy with the Principality of Liêge. So, situated between the fortified manors of Jauche and Linsmeau, it would probably have had a defensive aim.

In the middle of the 14th century the seigniory passes to the Herbais family. Several other owners succeed them.

In the 15th century the castle is said to encompass a keep, a house, a farm building, a water mill and a chapel. It are the remains of the keep that we see at present.

In 1678 the castle was bought by the Drouhot family. They probably didn’t live in the castle as it was already a ruin in the 18th century.

This is how I like my ruins! Small, deserted and relatively unknown. The ruin is freely accessible.

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