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A Belgian Castle Famously Painted by Peter Paul Rubens Is for Sale

Who else can say a picture of their house is hanging in London’s National Gallery?
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Source: Engel & Völkers Mechelen

If finding the home of your dreams is an art form, there’s no doubt the famed painter Peter Paul Rubens knew what he was doing. The 17th century star of the Flemish Baroque movement lived the final five years of his life in central Belgium’s Elewijt Castle, a stunner less than a half-hour’s drive from downtown Brussels with origins stretching back to 1304. Now the property—over the years called Castle Het Steen and Rubens Kasteel—is on the market for €4 million ($4.9 million).

The sale includes three buildings: a six-bedroom sandstone residence with a high-ceilinged private chapel; a four-bedroom villa; and a tower complex that, despite its centuries-old history, boasts a decidedly modern four-car garage. There’s also a drawbridge and moat in the mix for impressing (or intimidating) guests.