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Landcommanderij Alden Biesen

Kasteelstraat 6

B–3740 Bilzen - Belgium


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Located in the western part of Belgium, the Alden Biesen Castle was built by the Teutonic Order, the most important German medieval military order. If you enter in the section, you can read more about life of the Teutonic Knights who lived in here and about the construction of their strategic headquarter. You can get into the fire that destroyed the castle in 1970 and into its regeneration.

Landcommanderij Alden Biesen (Belgium)

the Belgian headquarter of the Teutonic Order on the borderline of the Netherlands

The 16th-century castle is located in the small village of Rijkhoven in the municipality of Bilzen in the province of Limburg.

The knights of the Teutonic Order originally founded the Landcommanderij Alden Biesen ("commandery of Alden Biesen") in the 13th century, but the current buildings were constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries.
The castle was the headquarter of the bailiwick of the Teutonic Order and represents its economic, religious and socio-economic importance in the region of the Maas and Rhine.

In the 18th century the complex became private property and then it was abandoned.

On 8 March 1971 the complex burnt down and was acquired by the Flemish government.
The buildings were restored and transformed into an international cultural center, that today hosts a museum related to the Teutonic Order, an artistic collection, a library international and organizes conferences, art exhibitions and cultural events.

They have become a suggestive place where art and storytelling meet together.

Related resources

Origins, History and Life of the Landcommanderij Alden Biesen

In this section you can discover the origins of the building. You will find the history, a short description of architectural elements, multimedia to explore. You should use some of these information to create your work and give new personal sense to the history of the building.

Characters who were here

Many people lived in the building across centuries. Look at the biographies of the most important characters who stayed in the villa. The section gives you basic information on them and suggests link to deepen each argument.

Events in Landcommanderij Alden Biesen

In this section you can discover the events related to this magnificent building: browse photos and videos related to the contemporary life of this wonder.