Mothe-Chandeniers Chateau: 13th Century Ruin Saved by Crowdfunding Effort

The ruined Mothe-Chandeniers chateau in Les Trois-Moutiers, France.(Image: Pierre Mairé. Ruined Mothe-Chandeniers chateau in France)

A crumbling 13th century French chateau has been saved thanks to an unlikely crowdfunding campaign, which brought together 6,500 internet users from 45 different countries. By donating at least €51 each, contributors were able to raise the €500,000 needed to buy and ultimately renovate the ruined Mothe-Chandeniers chateau in Les Trois-Moutiers, south-western France.

The abandoned centuries-old chateau has endured and long a turbulent history. Built in the 13th century or the Bauçay family, it was twice captured by the English in the Middle Ages and all but destroyed during the tumult of the French Revolution. Later painstakingly restored by a wealthy businessman, Mothe-Chandeniers chateau then suffered extensive fire damage during the 1930s.

Heavily overgrown and fortified by an extensive moat, the ruined castle in the commune of Les Trois-Moutiers is today a forlorn shell of its former self, albeit an impressive one. But thanks to those who contributed to the campaign, its fortunes are now poised to change.

Each donor is now a co-owner of Mothe-Chandeniers chateau and will have a say in how the ruin is renovated. The castle was sold on December 1st by Dartagnans.fr, a website specialising in cultural heritage. The crowdfunding effort was organised in collaboration with heritage group ‘Adopt a Castle’.

The ruined Chateau de la Mothe-Chandeniers in France.(Image: via Google Earth)

The organisers wrote on Facebook that “love of heritage has triumphed and the beautiful adventure is just beginning!” We’ll be sure to keep an eye on this brilliant project, and any others that it might have been inspired by Chateau de la Mothe-Chandeniers as the new year approaches.

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Hap tip: The Local Europe

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