Poland wants to buy Marie Curie’s holiday home in France


SAINT-REMY-LES-CHEVREUSE, France – The Polish Prime Minister said he had given instructions to the government to buy a house in France where Nobel Prize-winning scientist couple Marie Sklodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie spent vacations and weekends from 1904 to 1906.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Twitter this week that the house, in the southwestern suburbs of Paris, was “part of Polish history”.

The 1,300 square foot stone and brick building in Saint-Rémy-les-Chevreuse costs $ 950,000. It’s in poor condition, but some of its peeling wallpapers, fireplaces and tiles date back to the Curie era, according to local real estate agency Stéphane Plaza.

It is said that Marie Curie, of Polish descent, may have painted ceiling designs herself, but there is no evidence of this.

Pioneers of science Marie Curie and her husband Pierre are presented in their laboratory in France.
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“This property was built in 1890 and was Pierre and Marie Curie’s vacation destination between 1904 and 1906″, where they came with their daughters Irène and Eve, said Daniel Cazou-Mingot, director of the real estate agency .

“They (came) here on weekends, Easter holidays, summer vacation,” Cazou-Mingot told The Associated Press during a tour of the property on Wednesday. “No experience has been carried out (on) this property. “

One day in April 1906, Pierre returned to Paris for a university meeting and was struck and killed by a horse-drawn cart.

The fireplace in the 120 square meter (1,300 square foot) stone house where the Nobel Prize winning scientist couple Marie Sklodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie spent vacations and weekends from 1904 to 1906 in Saint-Rémy -les-Chevreuse, in the south-western suburb of Paris, France, Wednesday May 12, 2021.
The foyer of the 1,300 square foot stone house priced at $ 950,000.
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“After this accident, Marie Curie came back from time to time with her daughters and then she stopped coming”, and the house – with its 900 m². garden (9,700 square feet), 19th-century dovecote, and water pump – has been sold, Cazou-Mingot said.

Renovation costs are estimated at approximately $ 240,000.

Cazou-Mingot believes that it will take “love at first sight and respect for the history of the property” for someone to want to invest in it.

The interior of the 1,300 square foot stone house where Nobel Prize winning scientist couple Marie Sklodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie spent vacations and weekends from 1904 to 1906 in Saint-Rémy-les-Chevreuse , in the south-western suburbs of Paris, France, Wednesday May 12, 2021.
The interior of the stone house. The list indicated that Curie may have painted some of the ceilings herself.
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Some critics in Poland have commented on social media that taxpayer money is being wasted in a house where Marie Curie did not spend long.

But the right-wing government has made the security and upkeep of places and objects important to Polish history a priority.

Born in Warsaw in 1867 under the name of Maria Sklodowska, the scholar moved to Paris in 1891 and was one of the first women to study science at the Sorbonne. She is pursuing a scientific career with her French husband. After the death of Pierre who left the chair of physics at the Sorbonne vacant, she was offered the post and became the first female professor at the renowned university.

The dovecote in the garden of the 1,300 square foot stone house where the couple of Nobel Prize-winning scientists Marie Sklodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie spent vacations and weekends from 1904 to 1906 in Saint-Rémy-les- Chevreuse, on the southwestern outskirts of Paris, France, Wednesday May 12, 2021.
The dovecote in the dovecote garden. Renovations to the property are estimated at over $ 200,000.
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In 1903, Marie and Pierre Curie and French scientist Henri Becquerel jointly won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their studies of radioactivity.

Marie Curie also won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1911 for the discovery of radium and polonium. The latter she named after Poland.

She died in 1943 in Passy, ​​France, from radiation sickness. Marie and Pierre Curie are buried in the Pantheon in Paris, among other distinguished French citizens.

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