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Coordinates: 50°42′27″N 05°46′02″E / 50.70750°N 5.76722°E / 50.70750; 5.76722

The Château de Wodémont.

The Château de Wodémont or Walberg Castle is a fortified house immediately east of the Belgian village of Mortroux within the municipality of Dalhem. It is now used as a private residence.[1]

The Château de Wodémont lies at the top of an incline and is close to the Berwinne, lying just to the south of the river.

HistoryEdit

Around 1063 the castle was variously named as Waldenborch and Waldenberge. The old tower itself dates from the 11th or 12th century. A Latin document from 1143 mentions the tower using the name of Waldemonte. It had a defensive significance for the Duchy of Limburg because the valley below the castle marked the border between the because the county of Dalhem and the Duchy.

A southern wing was added to the tower in the 17th century while the eastern wing was added in 1860.[2] In 1513, on the death of John of Neufchâteau, the manor and Château de Wodémont passed to Balthasar van Moir Walde.[3]

During the Second World War, the Château was occupied by the Germans and then subsequently by the Americans during the Battle of the Bulge.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wodémont". Chateaux of Belgium. AdB. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  2. ^ Poswick, Guy (1951). Les Delices Du Duches De Limbourg (in French). Verviers. pp. 409 to 413.
  3. ^ Bulletin de la Société d'art et d'histoire du diocèse de Liége (in French). Volume IX. Liège: Société d'art et d'histoire du diocèse de Liége. 1895. pp. 310, 311.