Haamstede Castle

In the province of Zeeland are not many castles left, just a hand-ful. One of them is Haamstede on the island Schouwen-Duiveland. The castle first appears in the acts in 1229, when there is an exchange between the goods of Corstijn van Zierikzee and Floris IV. There is nothing left from this castle. In the second half of the thirteenth century a living tower was build. In 1525 the castle was destroyed by a fire and it took more then eighty years before they rebuild it. The Lord of Haamstede was an admirer of emperor Charles V, and when he heard that the emperor at Pavia conquerered the king of France, he wanted to give a big party. He decided that his house should bath in light. He gave orders to his men that they had to set up lots of barrels filled with tar and put them on fire. Soon not only the barrels stood on fire, but the castle as well. The Lord took in great haste all his treasures and bound them on his horse; then he returned to the house to see if there was something more to save. The horse got frightened when the flames came nearer, and it run away to the sea, taking the treasures with it. The poor animal drowned in the sea. The ghost of the horse repeats its flight time after time, and when its very quiet you hear the running of the horse and the jingling of the treasure on its back.

The part between the two towers is the oldest part of the building.