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Château Salvetat-Saint-Gilles bought for 1 euro

France 3/Scoop, Mar 14

Château Salvetat-Saint-Gilles, 16 km from the centre of Toulouse, has been in a very bad condition for many years, and has now been saved. The town hall has just acquired it for a symbolic 1 euro and will start renovation works.

It is the only feudal building left of the dynasty of the counts of Toulouse. It was the property of Raymond IV, and has been standing for nearly a thousand years.

Water has been coming in through the roof for years, the walls are crumbling, and its classified frescoes of the seventeenth century are under threat. After more than fifteen years of uncertainty about its fate, the castle is finally going to be saved.

The plan is to take 5 years to fix the building, but some temporary work will be undertaken immediately, to get it to a stage where water is not coming in. A temporary roof will be installed and the walls reinforced. The town council has planned to invest 100,000 euros over two years for this conservation work.

They promise that there will be no increase in local taxes for the inhabitants, and they plan to transform the 6 800 m2 of land into a park open to all.

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