Baron Charles van Caloen and his wife Savina de Gourcy built the castle of Loppem
between 1859 and 1862. Its fine architecture and interior decoration make it one of the most complete creations of the Belgian Gothic Revival. It was designed by two celebrated architects: the Englishman Edwar Pugin and the Belgian Jean-Baptiste Bethune, creator of Flemish neo-Gothic, Loppem Chateau is not only a jewel of neo-Gothic Gesamtkunst, it is also home to several fine collections. What is more, the building is historically very important too – King Albert I and his family lived there at the end of the First World War and it was here that the famous ‘Loppem Government’ was formed, which went on to introduce universal adult voting and other important reforms.