The castle La Mothe-Chandeniers sold 500,000 euros to 6,500 netizens

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – GUILLAUME SOUVANT – | The poitevin castle of La Mothe-Chandeniers, November 3, 2017

The “Friends” of the castle of La Mothe-Chandeniers Poitevin and the crowdfunding platform Dartagnans.fr had given 80 days to collect 500.00 euros for its purchase: objective achieved since December 1, 6,500 Internet users are now the owners.

“It’s done!” La Mothe-Chandeniers was bought on December 1, “said Monday to AFP Romain Delaume, co-founder of Dartagnans.fr, website specializing in the rescue and conservation of heritage.

Surrounded by water, bristling with towers and insidiously invaded by vegetation, the flamboyant ruins of the Poitevin castle, located in the town of Trois-Moutiers (Vienne), were bought in the form of Société par Action Simplifiée (SAS). A collaborative Internet redemption operation “unseen in the history of World Heritage”, according to Mr. Delaume.

This device allowed each donor of at least 51 euros to become a shareholder, and therefore co-owner, of this masterpiece in danger of the thirteenth century.

The “donor-investors” will be handed the keys of the castle in January 2018. It is also from the beginning of next year that they will be able to follow and participate actively in the process of rehabilitation of the Mothe-Chandeniers via a collaborative platform which will be entirely dedicated to them.

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – GUILLAUME SOUVANT – | The castle of La Mothe-Chandeniers, in the commune of Les Trois-Moutiers, in Vienne, November 3, 2017

As of December 1, 2017, 24 days before the closing of the online collection launched for the redemption of the ruins, 6,500 Internet users had paid their price and pushed the pot to 500,000 euros, incompressible amount for this acquisition. “And with the participation of 45 nationalities: Brazilians, Americans, Italians, French, Japanese, Australians, Germans, etc.,” said Mr. Delaume.

“But this is only a first step, the goal being to reach a total of one million euros,” he said, to cover the financial expenses related to the purchase, the various architectural expertise and the work of clearing and securing the premises, scheduled for spring 2018.

The status of co-owner will also give shareholders the exclusivity of the first visits to the castle, planned for 2018.

The current building dates from the early nineteenth century but its history is much older. The castle is mentioned since the 13th century under the name of the lord of the moment, La Mothe de Bauçay. But in the fifteenth century, he falls into the lap of the illustrious family Rochechouart. It was ransacked under the Revolution, then flared up in 1932. The prestigious estate was finally sold in batches in the 1980s.

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