This Forgotten Castle Was Abandoned After a Fire in 1932

In Poitou-Charentes region of France, a group of preservationists are trying to save a 13th century castle that is slowly being reclaimed by nature. The story behind the abandoned property is just as fascinating as what’s left standing today. Just watching it up close this ghost castle tell a lot of stories, Now in silence this castle have seen many cheers and lights in it’s day. Now it’s just standing there waiting for nature to claim it completely.

In the 13th Century, the Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers was the home of the notorious and powerful Barclay family. Although not royalty themselves, they enjoyed a close relationship with several generations of kings.

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In the Middle Ages, the castle was taken twice by the English, but was later reclaimed by France and became a well-known site for lavish parties.

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However, the party was short-lived. The property was sacked during the French Revolution, and passed from one investor to the next. After a fire in 1932, interest in the Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers dwindled.

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Until, in 1981, a teacher named Marc Deyemer purchased the decaying castle, with high hopes to return it to its former glory.

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His dream hit a road block when a French bank bought part of the castle’s surrounding property. Now, there were two official owners, and a lot of red tape for Deyemer.

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Today, the castle looks as it did in 1932. While Deyemer has visited, he was never able to begin his restoration plans. Slowly, nature is taking back over.

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While investors and preservationists have started a non-profit to save the castle, its fate remains unknown.

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It’s a desolate place, but one that’s rich with history. Can’t you just imagine affluent and well-dressed guests filing up this staircase?

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Time has forgotten the Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers …

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But we haven’t. One can only hope this magnificent property will be saved before nature completely takes over.

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Via: Messy Nessy Chic

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