The Well-known Home within the Center of the Loire River

Known as La maison dans la Loire (the house in the Loire), the three-story building looks like the victim of a flood that once swept it away, but appearances can be deceiving …

If you stroll along the Loire near the town of Lavau-sur-Loire, a stone’s throw from Nantes, you will discover an unusual sight – a sloping building in the middle of the river. You’d think it was brutally swept away by a catastrophic flood, but it was actually deliberately placed by a company specializing in wreck rescue, at the request of a French artist. Today the house in the Loire is one of the highlights of river cruises on the Loire.

Photo: Jean-Pierre Dalbera / Flickr

The house in the Loire is an idea of ​​the French artist Jean-Luc Courcoult, who created it as part of the 2007 Estuaire Art Exhibition, which invited a number of international artists to create large-scale works inspired by the Loire and its nearby estuary were.

Interestingly, the abandoned house is a 1: 1 replica of a former inn in Lavau-sur-Loire that is currently used as a creperie (pancake house). Courcoult made an almost identical replica out of poured concrete and had it placed on the right bank of the Loire. However, strong currents and floods caused it to capsize, so the building was relocated to a new location near the left bank.

To prevent floods or the high tide from ever sweeping the house away again, it was screwed onto the rocky bottom of the Loire.

Although the house in the Loire just looks strange during the day due to its unusual location, it gets downright creepy at night, especially at night when the wind is blowing through the windows. But what really freaks people out is the light that comes on in one of the rooms, which you wouldn’t really expect in an abandoned house in the middle of a river.

I wonder if people ever try to swim into this mysterious house … I’m sure it’s forbidden for safety reasons, but when did the nosy daredevil stop …

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