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Stepping Inside This Abandoned French Castle Is Like Walking Straight Into A Fairy Tale

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For any kid with a big imagination, the idea of living in a castle is the ultimate dream. And given that castles serve as the settings for a vast amount of Disney movies (and the fairy tales that inspired them), it’s no surprise why children feel this way.

So if you’re in the market for a new home—and you really want to impress your kids—you should know there’s a stunning abandoned castle sitting untouched just a stone’s throw from Paris, France, in the town of Les Trois-Moutiers. Once you step inside, you’ll feel like Elsa herself.

Named Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers, this castle near Paris, France was built around 1400 as a citadel for the Baucay family. Since then, it’s had several owners.

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The castle was captured twice by the British, who used it for extravagant parties, toward the end of the Middle Ages.

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It was destroyed during the French Revolution; in 1809, wealthy French entrepreneur Francois Hennecart purchased it and began restoring it.

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Sadly, in 1932, its then-owner inadvertently started a fire while installing central heat. Rare books, furniture, and paintings all perished, and the castle has been empty ever since.

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There have been attempts to restore it, but none have lasted very long.

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It’s a gloomy sight as trees and other vegetation have taken up residence.

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Still, the castle remains as hauntingly beautiful as ever… much like the perfect setting for a story. Here’s the chapel.

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Just look at this staircase!

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Admittedly, some parts of the castle have seen better days.

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Thankfully, an association has formed to help preserve the castle and eventually begin its restoration. Here’s hoping that one day it’s restored to its former glory!

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It’s crazy that a place like this could just be sitting there! Come on, rich people of the world, pool some money together and get this place fixed up!

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