18th century chateau bulldozed by mistake

2012-12-06 13:36

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Yvrac - if you're headed to the wine-making French village of Bordeaux any time soon, you may want to take a novelty peak at what must be the biggest construction cock-up for the year. The 18th century Château de Bellevue was due to be restored to its former glory but is now a huge pile of rubble.

The Daily Mail
reports the residents of this sleepy village were utterly shocked to find the Château de Bellevue, built for Madame de Pompadour in 1750, was completely bulldozed "by mistake".

Workers who had been hired by the Russian businessman owner Dmitry Stroskin to renovate the grand 13 000-square-meter (140 000-square-foot) manor and raze a small outhouse building on the same estate, apparently completely misinterpreted their instructions. The owner is also said to be in total shock.

"The Chateau de Bellevue was Yvrac's pride and joy," said former owner Juliette Marmie. "The whole village is in shock. How can this construction firm make such a mistake?"

Take a look at the before and after pictures of the Château de Bellevue here.

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