8000 strangers buy crumbling castle in France

La Mothe-Chandeniers now with more than 7,000 owners
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The Mothe-Chandeniers chateau in Les Trois-Moutiers, western France has been through some tough times.

That's when Dartagnans, a French crowdfunding service dedicated to preserving French heritage, stepped in and asked people to just buy the damn thing. According to the BBC, which has breathtaking drone video of the castle, thousands of people have donated at least $61 each to buy a future for it.

The chateau's oldest quarters were built first in the early 13 century by the wealthy Baucay family but during the Middle Ages, it was twice conquered by English invaders. It was most recently owned by a mathematics teacher, who was unable to salvage the building from decay. As nature reclaimed the chateau and plants sprouted from its windows-giving it what Architectural Digest calls "a handsome if not eerie aesthetic"-the math teacher mused about having it demolished".

While none will be able to move into the storied digs, each donor will be offered shares in a company set up in 2018 to run the chateau, for an additional €1 donation.

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But you know, that's just the reality of owning a sick piece of 13th-century architecture surrounded by stunning countryside and a attractive moat.

There's still 19 days left on the campaign, which is seeking to raise an additional €500 for essential work to the site, and the end goal is to open Mothe-Chandeniers up to the public...

'The idea is not just about raising the money, but getting as many people as possible to participate in saving this magical, fairytale place, ' Dartagnans founder Romain Delaume tells The Guardian.

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