for those who do not know me, I'm Claudia de Almeida.
I own a 12th century castle in the beautiful Bohemian Central Mountains (Czech Republic).
My vision is to bring to life, in this castle, a meeting place for international understanding through cultural exchange.
But there is much to be done to complete the renovation of the castle, therefore I'm planning to start a crowdfunding project (CF).
The history of the castle in Trebusin (in German Triebsch until 1945) goes way back. The village Trebusici was probably founded before 1050. From a document from the year 1257, which is a copy of an original from 1050, we found out that at that time there were already a Johanniter monastery and a monastery church. Under the present castle, more precisely under the small ballroom, there is a Romanesque chapel, probably the oldest Romanesque chapel of our region. The chapel was accidentally discovered during the renovation works in 1950. Unfortunately, it was never brought to light because no funds were available so far. (Trebusin: http://archive.is/jktsw)
Since then, the castle has had various owners, until my family, "Männel de Garrigues" acquired it in 1912. In 1913 large forests areas became part of the property. The seller was Baron Karl von Skal. He was the cousin of my great-
I, Claudia de Almeida, am her youngest daughter and I have given myself to the challenge taking on the difficult heritage. In 2005 I was appointed heritage executor and this is how my story with the castle Trebusici began. Since then, I’ve been taking care of the estate. The people here began to call me "Mrs. Claudia". Some of my artist friends also call me "Mrs. Musa".
During the 8 years testament procedure, I was legally unable to act and to bring my own ideas. Now I am the castle owner and I would like to continue with my mother’s and my wonderful idea of a cultural meeting place.
Therefore, I have now decided to take private support, in order to bring the "Sleeping Beauty Castle" back to life! I wish with all my heart the castle to be available for all again, for people to find a place to be Human. To make it a meeting place for better understanding among people, for cultural preservation and the promotion of culture, I now need a lot of loving donors who want to make this idea come true!
The costs of the renovation amount to approx 1.2 million euros. The castle is a listed building and is located in a natural reserve. Definitely further funds could be needed to recover the precious frescoes and the Romanesque chapel below the small ballroom. But one thing after another.
Please help me to protect a valuable cultural heritage and to support international understanding.
For each donor, starting from 10 € donations, there are discounts on all the products of our network of interests. For higher donations, there are other attractive offers (goodies) that are graded according to amount of the donations (see text "donors").
Are you ever curious what it looks like here at ours?
Then just have a look at the following Web pages! You are warmly welcome!
Yours, Claudia de Almeida
Virtual Tour 360°
My mother „Mrs Corinna" and her story: