Thousands help save castle in France by buying it for £440k
Thousands of internet users have teamed up to save a historic 13th century castle in France by forking out a whopping £440,000 and buying it between them.
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Over 7,500 people have now made a contribution to Mothe-Chandeniers chateau in Les Trois-Moutiers, France, and have raised more than €612,078 so far.
Around €500,000 (£440,000) has gone towards purchasing the building, while the rest will be used for its future restoration and upkeep.
For €50, each contributor owns one 'part' or share in the castle. For those contributing €100, they own two shares, and so on.
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On the castle's fundraising page , a note reads: "It's done, it's historic!
"Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers now belongs to thousands of Internet users.
"Through this collective purchase, we believe in the preservation and development of the heritage of the future and [have] proved that the civic strength is always the greatest.
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"Thanks to the thousands of anonymous people!
"Let's go on!"
Now that the castle has been purchased, each contributor will be able to invest €1 for every €50 contributing to the sale price to become an official future owner of the company that will promote the castle as a historic vistors' site, collecting any profits made from turning the historical building into a tourist destination.
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