Manor house in Latvia on sale for €1

Living like an aristocrat in Latvia's Vidzeme cultural region can be quite inexpensive, as the Lielā muiža manor in Madliena parish is on sale just for €1, reported LTV July 7.

But it comes with strings attached, as the next owner has to be able to prove they have the means to restore the manor, first mentioned in the 15th century. 

Rasma Vērpēja, a local, has researched the place, which last served as a school until it was closed in 1972 and eventually looted.

She has found the first reports about the manor as early as 1470, but its exact time of construction is unknown. Through its history, the manor has changed its owners, and also its name, several times.

"Initially the manor house was a wooden building. [..] It was damaged repeatedly during the 1905 revolution and hosted a KGB office in 1949. This building has went through a lot," says Vērpēja. 

Now it belongs to an entrepreneur living in Poland. He is selling the two buildings with 60 rooms and 2.4 hectares of land for just one euro, but the next owners have to be able to restore the historical buildings. 

"The lawyers came up with the price of one euro. If it went away for free, it'd be considered a gift [legally speaking]. In that case I would be able to rethink and reclaim the manor after ten years. Of course, no one would be willing to invest in it," the owner, who preferred to remain anonymous, told LTV.

The next owners can use the place for whatever goal they see fit but have to prove they'll be able to invest in the place, the owner said.

Once, there were as many as ten manors in the vicinity of Madliena parish, near the town of Ogre. Most of these have been destroyed throughout the years, but another, the Vērenes Manor, is also on sale.

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