January 16, 2013
Residents of a French village in Bordeaux were dumbfounded after discovering their local 18th-century chateau was completely bulldozed "by mistake."
The mayor’s office in Yvrac said recently that workers who were hired to renovate the grand 13,000-square-meter (140,000-square-foot) manor and raze a small building on the same estate in southwest France mixed them up.
Local media reported that the construction company misunderstood the renovation plans of the current owner, Russian businessman Dmitry Stroskin, to clean up the manor and restore it to its former baroque glory.
Stroskin was away when the calamity occurred and returned home to discover his chateau was nothing but rubble.
He plans to build an exact replica of the lost manor on site.
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