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Brederode Castle

Castle Brederode is a ruined castle in Santpoort, province Noord-Holland in The Netherlands. The castle was founded in the 13th century by Lord William of Brederode. The castle had an inner bailey, with a quadrangular shape, and an outer bailey. It was surrounded by a moat.

History

The first castle was built in the second half of the 13th century and was probably a round tower only. The castle was situated in a strategic spot on an offshoot of a beach wall and surrounded by marshland and peatland. The Lords could control the only road between cities The Hague and Alkmaar and the castle was close to the Huis te Aelbertsberg, the hunting farm of their Count, Floris V of Holland.

Around 1300 the castle was enlarged and got the quadrangular shape which we still can see today. During the Hook and Cod Wars the castle was ruined for the first time. In 1354 the castle was rebuilt by Lord Dirk III of Brederode. But the Hook and Cod Wars weren't over yet and the castle was ruined for the second time in 1426. At that time the Lords of Brederode had left the castle already and lived at Batestein Castle in Vianen and Huis ter Kleef in Haarlem. (more in the History section)

Castle today

Since 2016 the castle has been owned by Foundation Monumentenbezit and is kept open by the managers and volunteers of the non-profit foundation Stichting Heerlijkheid Brederode. The castle is open to the public from March to October, a couple of days a week. A lot of the remains can be seen. Some towers, walls and the storage rooms are still there. The ovens of what once was the kitchen are visible. One of the towers can be climbed with a nice view on top. There are exhibitions, concerts and events every year, like the Knights Tournament.

Text by Lucy de Pagter