JOINT RESTAURATION OF SAINT HUBERT'S BASILICA & CHAMBORD
JOINT RESTORATION PROJECT - SAINT HUBERT'S BASILICA AND CHAMBORD'S ROYAL ESTATE WALLS - 2023 CAMPAIGN
Based on common backgrounds and shared goals, these two historic monuments, the Basilica of Saint Hubert in Belgium and the Domaine national de Chambord in the French Loire Valley are joining forces for the restoration of their exceptional heritage: Saint Hubert as the hunters' spiritual cathedral and Chambord as the most grand Royal hunting estate.
Saint Hubert's Basilica
The Basilica was built in 1525 within the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Hubertus to host the relics of the 8 th century Bishop who became the patron saint of hunting and huntsmen, archers, trappers, dogs and forest workers. The present facade of the Basilica dates from 1700 and was built in a classical style, with Baroque details. The city of Saint-Hubert is located at the center of an eponymous, lush forest of over 247,000 acres where Saint Hubert is said to have seen the stag and his vision of a cross.
Restoration of the Basilica
The magnificent Basilica, from the slate roof and stone ceilings to the exterior walls, is in dire need of repairs to preserve the 500 year-old monument and ensure the safety of visitors. It is the property of the village of Saint-Hubert, a community of only 5,300 inhabitants, and it needs your help.
Chambord's Royal Estate Walls
Built from 1519 by Francis I st , one of the most famous Kings of France, Chambord is an exceptional work of art. Since 1981, the monument has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Known throughout the world as the emblem of the French Renaissance, the castle is tightly associated with its large-scale estate. Covering 13,442 acres and enclosed by 20 miles of wall, the Domaine national de Chambord is the largest walled park in Europe.
Restoration of the Surrounding Wall
The construction of the wall began in 1542, completed in 1660 and averages 12 feet tall. Over time, several portions of the wall have collapsed, risking the enclosed ecosystem of the game park from which no big game could get in or out. To date, 6 miles have been restored, but 11 miles still need to be rebuilt using ancient construction techniques. The wall project also benefits the local community: Chambord takes on unemployed jobseekers and provides them masonry training and development so that they become skilled workers. Chambord is a non-profit estate and needs your help to protect the 500 year-old game park and its wall.
Budget: $22M Since KBFUS is a public charity, within the meaning of Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), donors may claim the maximum tax benefits allowed by U.S. tax law for their contributions to the protection of Saint Hubertus Basilica and Chambord walls.
Alternative ways to give:
For gifts by check: Write your check to KBFUS, write " American friends of Château de Chambord / St. Hubert's Basilica & Chambord " in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS, 551 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2400, New York, NY 10176. Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Email KBFUS at: email@example.com or phone (212) 713 7660.