Worldwide there are historical buildings at risk of either falling into ruins over time or being destroyed for the sake of modern expansion.
One of those buildings is the Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers in Les Trois-Moutiers in Poitou-Charentes, France. This beautiful castle is still surrounded by an ancient moat that is wasting away over time.
Although the castle is not the biggest out there, it looks serene in the photos and has been left untouched for centuries.
Over time, the ceilings are slowly caving in. The building dates back to the 13th century and was once owned by the Baucay family, which was in charge of reporting back to the King directly.
The castle was taken twice by the English during the Middle Ages and was then repatriated to become a popular sight known everywhere for great parties.
It was then sacked again during the French Revolution. In the 19th century, a wealthy businessman restored it and eventually added a vineyard to it.
It was then passed on to a baron and esquire of Napoleon III, who rebuilt it in 1870 in a more romantic style, resembling those in the Loire Valley.
In 1932, the Baron Lejeune Edgar had central heating installed and a terrible fire broke out in the winter. The chapel, outbuildings, and dovecote were spared from the vast fire, but the overall damage proved to be devastating.
A library that held rare books, Gobelins, tapestries, antique furniture, and valuable paintings were all destroyed. If a person would go visit the castle today, it would look quite run down, as it was left fairly untouched after the fire.
For the longest time the castle stood empty and withering from neglect. In 1981, a math teacher named Marc Demeyer bought it, hoping to fix it up and see its full potential once again.
In 2013, he reported that he had spent two years working on the house, putting much effort into it, only to be “sabotaged” (he never revealed what was sabotaged during his repair efforts).