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Mesen Castle was built in the 17th century in a city called Lede, Belgium. The castle began its life as a royal home and stronghold for the Bette Family. This lasted until the late 1700s. During the early 1800s, the castle was made into a industrial building for large businesses. It was used as a gin distillery, a tobacco factory, and a sugar refinery. This all lasted until 1905 when the castle was turned into an impressive Gothic Revival Chapel and later, a boarding school.
After WWI, the school was used as an elite boarding school for French speaking girls. These girls would wake up early every day for a 7am Mass, followed by exhausting classes and activities until the evening. The girls were taught how to act as members of high society. There were academic lessons as well as lessons on how to do proper housework and manage people. The school demanded very strict Victorian discipline. Girls were only allowed to have one person to visit per month, and could only return home for one month out of the year. Girls were usually sent to this school at age five where they would stay until they were eighteen, hopefully learning how to become proper members of high society.
Eventually, in the 1960s, the school closed down. Ownership of the castle was passed on to the Belgian Ministry of Defense. Under their watch, the castle was neglected and began to decay. The building was named a national monument, but was never kept up with. The damage and looting got so bad that the Belgian government deemed it too expensive to repair. Sadly, in 2010, demolition of the structure began. Finally, in early 2014, the entire castle and all of its surrounding structures were demolished. Nothing is left of this once grand castle, rich with history.