Crowdfunding Campaign To Save French Château

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Château le Paluel has stood in Perigord, France for over 500 years but has been in ruin since the 20th century, but now a conservation society wants to crowdfund the restoration of the historical estate.

The château is in the historic Dorgdogne region of France

The château is in the historic Dorgdogne region of France
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For just 50 euros you can own a 0.01% stake in a stunning 15th century château in the Dordogne region of france.

The Château le Paluel estate includes an 8 room mansion, stables, a windmill, a garage, pond, swimming pool, woods and meadows and sits impressively atop a hill. The building has suffered four fires in its lifetime including one started by an SS division in 1944 that has left it extensively damaged. In 1968 the castle served as the setting for the film Le Tatoué by Denys de La Patellière, with Jean Gabin and Louis de Funès which describes the estate as a 'ruin'.

Le Tatoué

Since 1968 little has changed as the building remains in ?ruin' but the campaign is attempting to raise the 500,000 euros in funds necessary to purchase and pay for the restoration of the property which was seized by the state earlier this year. The seizure was due to fears that the former owner, a British businessman, would allow the property to fall into unrecoverable disrepair after having completed no work on the property in the past ten years.

The organization behind the campaign - Adopte un château ? is involved in a number of projects to save France's historic castles including ones in Lot, Essonne, Gers, Allier, Gard and Burgundy. The association believes that of the 35,000 castles in France 600 are in danger and estimates that the number will become ten times larger within the next ten years. Adopte un château believes that the situation has been exacerbated by strict conservation laws and the reduction of state assistance.

The campaign has already raised 62,000 euros with around 850 donations, the money will be returned if it does not reach its target by the 21st of September. If the drive fails then the property will be auctioned off by the state.

The association said "Our conception is to say that a monument in peril is a monument that must have a collective destiny,"

"We believe in collective power and we want you, the future owners, to decide collectively and democratically on the future of the castle.

"Artist residency? An innovative and popular cultural site? We want the castle to become a symbol of collective, creative expression, and of course directed towards preserving and spreading heritage and culture."

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Le château de Meauce dans la Nièvre ! Une belle aventure va commencer pour ce château : des 2017 et jusqu'en 2020, 3 tranches vont se succéder : la réfection de la partie XVIe dans un premier temps, celle des toitures et charpentes dans un deuxième et enfin celle des intérieurs sur la moitié de la surface du château. _______________________________ ?? Rejoignez-nous sur www.adopteunchateau.com #adopteunchateau #chateau #monument #castle #archilovers #picoftheday #patrimoine #castleoftheworld #heritage #chateaudeMeauce #nievre#IgersFrance #IG#allier

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