Chateau de la Mothe-Chandeniers is a hauntingly beautiful relic of the past. A French castle with a fascinating history, this 13th century structure now sits crumbling and overgrown, a ghost of its former grandeur and magnificence.
Luckily, things began to change this month when a crowd-funding campaign was initiated to save the castle from the perils of time. The campaign promises that donors of at least $59 will become co-owners of this historical structure.
If you'd like to pitch in, rest assured that your money will go towards the preservation and restoration of the stunning castle, and eventually make it possible for the landmark to open to the public.
What does it mean to be a co-owner of the chateau? The website explains;
“Each donor will become a share-holder and therefore a co-owner of the castle. We are willing to create a dedicated platform that will allow each owner to follow the progress of the work, the events, the project offers and to build a real collaborative and participatory project. Transforming an abandoned ruin into a collective work is the best way to protect it in the long-term.”
In other words, your donation of $60 will ensure that you have a say in the castle's restoration, and that you'll receive consistent updates during the entire process. Not to mention the warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing that you helped save a historical treasure!
With donations currently over $1,400,000, they've reached almost all of their goals. But don't worry, there's still time to give- you have until Christmas Day to pitch in. If saving castles is something that interests you, make sure to donate by the 25th!
The Chateau is located in the Poitou-Charentes region of France. Wikipedia provides a brief but comprehensive history of the ruin:
"The Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers is a former stronghold of the Bauçay family, lords of Loudun. The stronghold dates to the thirteenth century and was originally called Motte Bauçay (or Baussay). The Motte Baussay was taken twice by the English in the Middle Ages and devastated during the French Revolution.
It was bought in 1809 by François Hennecart, a wealthy businessman. In 1857 it was sold to Baron Joseph Lejeune. In 1932, a major fire destroyed most of the buildings in the castle." -Wikipedia
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