People are uniting to save the Mothe-Chandeniers chateau in Trois-Moutiere, Western France. Thousands have donated to the the crowd fund, with an average contribution of at least €51 (£45; $61) each. So far, €500,000 has been raised to buy the 13th century castle.
The campaign was organized by the crowdfunding platform Dartagnans.fr organised the campaign along with the cultural organization, “Adopt a Castle.” The platform allows donors to become shareholders in the form of Société par Action Simplifiée (SAS), making them co-owner of the ruined, but soon to be restored, castle.
During the Middle Ages, the castle, circa 13th century, was taken twice by the English and was abandoned during the French Revolution. In 1809, a wealthy Parisian businessman, Francois Hennecart, bought the castle and restored it adding a vineyard to the property.
The campaign is hoping to reach 1 million Euros in order to cover all financial expenses related to the purchase. According to Romain Delaume, co-founder of Dartagnans, who spoke to AFP, the money raised will cover the architectural expertise and the work required to clear and secure the premises. Delaume states that the support they’ve received via internet is “unseen in the history of World Heritage”.
Co-owners can follow the progress of the castles restoration on Dartagnans, and will be the first to visit the castle in Spring 2018.