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An old building is making headlines on social networks, reports . The house, which experts say was built in 1478 during the reign of Louis XI, caused a stir after an American tourist photographed it in 2017 and posted the photo on the internet. In a few days, the building became the star of social networks, receiving two million “likes” on the image hosting site Imgur. An unexpected score for a simple photo. This dazzling celebrity is all the more astonishing as the residence, located in Sévérac-le-Château in Aveyron, gave the impression that it was soon going to collapse.

But its outdated appearance is certainly the reason why the house has caused such a stir on the Web. Many Internet users are, in fact, fascinated by the fact that such an old house can still stand. Social networks have even relayed the idea that it would be the oldest in France. What the tourist office of the city denies. “Having the titles of one of the oldest houses in Aveyron and of a world star of the web is already a source of pride”, declares a spokeswoman, from the office.


The house is not the oldest house in France.

Despite this, five years after its “rediscovery”, the enthusiasm for the old house does not weaken. In effect, a tweet posted on May 14, 2022claiming that it is the oldest in France, has been retweeted nearly 4,000 times and “liked” more than 29,000 times.

Built high up, on a small alley that goes up, this house is distinguished by its half-timbered walls characteristic of the popular architecture of the High Middle Ages, its small windows, its corbelled floors and finally its old stones. Although it was originally built in millstone, the facade of the “House of Jeanne” – named after the last occupant – was renovated in September 2018. The renovation, which certainly reduces the charm of the house , was a necessity without which its fragile walls threatened to collapse.

Unoccupied since the 1970s, the house, now owned by the town hall of Sévérac, has become a tourist spot. Jeanne’s house hosts medieval events in the summer (July and August) and opens its doors to the general public.


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