Vignou Tower

Vignou Tower

Belgian Castles

Vignou Tower

Vignou Tower, locally known as Tour Vignou or Vignoux, lies the park of the castle of Attre, in the village of Attre, in the province of Hainaut in the Wallonia region in Belgium.

Vignou Tower served as the keep of a square castle flanked by square corner towers. That castle, called Attre, was first mentioned in the beginning of the 15th century.

In 1520 the castle and seignory of Attre passed to the Franeau family.

During the 18th century its owners acquired the title of Count. They demolished the old medieval castle to make room for a new neoclassical castle more befitting their new title. This was to be the present Attre Castle, just some 200 meters away, which was built in 1752. Vignou Tower was then incorporated into a newly designed English landscape park laid out behind Attre Castle.

The tower is called Vignou as legend has it that it was once the hide-out of a brigand by that name or the home of a hermit by that name, around 1700.

Vignou Tower is a much overgrown ruin showing almost no architectural details. So not very interesting. But the castle and park of Attre are beautiful, so the tower is still worth your visit.

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