Chateau is demolished 'by mistake'
Published 05/12/2012 | 13:32
Demolition workers have accidentally bulldozed a French village's prized 18th Century chateau.
They were supposed to knock down a small outbuilding of the Chateau de Bellevue, set among the famous vines of Bordeaux.
The mayor's office in the village of Yvrac said that workers were hired to renovate the grand 140,000-square-foot estate in November.
Former owner Juliette Marmie said "the Chateau de Bellevue was Yvrac's pride and joy." She added "the whole village is in shock. How can this construction firm make such as mistake?"
The chateau's current owner Russian businessman Dmitry Stroskin was away and returned home to discover his beloved chateau - with a grand hall that could seat 200 people - was nothing but rubble.