The building that once served as the defensive and farm facility of the Manor tuned into a barn over the past centuries – a building for storage and conservation of crops.
In those troubled times, the first landlords of the Ilzenberg Manor Kerssenbrocks were ready for attacks of small troops and death-hunters.
Further landlords focused on defence and safety as well.
Both the manor palace and outbuildings were adapted to defend against invaders, had solid masonry walls with special shot holes.
The manor terrain and situation were also helpful in defence – on a high hill surrounded by lakes, with the possibility of shooting up the road to the manor and its surroundings. Besides, no park was growing around the manor at that time (It was presumably founded in the second half of the 19th century). So, the visibility from the manor was good for firing.
- Barn walls well-survived through the centuries Barn walls well-survived through the centuries
- Buckwheat harvest in the barn Buckwheat harvest in the barn
- Ancient shot holes Ancient shot holes
- The barn was once intended for defence The barn was once intended for defence