‘This place is part of Polish history’ says PM as negotiations start to buy Marie Skłodowska-Curie’s French retreat for EUR 790,000
The government has said it wants to buy a house near Paris which was once owned by Nobel prize winner Maria Skłodowska-Curie.
Situated in Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse, around 40 km from Paris, the house where the Nobel laureate in physics and chemistry lived with her husband Pierre Curie has been put on the market for EUR 790,000.
According to the French real estate agents, the property which includes tapestries and terracotta from the Curies’ era, needs around EUR 200,000 renovation.
Writing on their website, the real estate agents described the house as being a ‘prestigious property’ which ‘will delight lovers of romanticism [and] art’.
They said: “The property, which needs to be restored, served as a holiday resort for Pierre and Marie CURIE and their children between 1904 and 1906.
“This splendid property typical of the region with a crown of sloping roofs stands in a privileged area of the town.
“The ground floor consists of a beautiful entrance opening onto a dining room with fireplace, a living room with a Prussian stove, a closed kitchen with access to the basement, a toilet.
“Upstairs 2 bedrooms each with a fireplace, a work desk, a bathroom, a toilet. The converted attic can easily be transformed into a parental suite (water point installed) The basement consists of a boiler room, a laundry room and a workshop.
“The garden offers beautiful spaces not overlooked. It has a garden shed and an adorable period dovecote.
“This prestigious property will delight lovers of romanticism, art and the history of our country.
“It constitutes a unique heritage testimony having welcomed a man and a woman who contributed to the influence of France throughout the world."
Posting on Twitter, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said: "I have commissioned activities aimed at the purchase of Maria Skłodowska-Curie’s house near Paris.
"This place is part of Polish history.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is already in contact with the Polish embassy in France.”
Between 1904–1906, the Curie couple regularly visited the house with their family.
In 1903, Maria Skłodowska-Curie, together with her husband Pierre Curie and Henri Becquerel, received the Nobel Prize in Physics for research on the phenomenon of radioactivity discovered by Becquerel.
She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the second time in 1911 for the discovery of the elements polonium and radium.
A Polish government spokesman said on Tuesday that if the house was purchased, it would be turned into a cultural-historical centre presenting the achievements of Maria Skłodowska-Curie as well as results of the latest scientific research.