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Local media reported that the construction company misunderstood the renovation plans of the current owner, Russian businessman Dmitry Stroskin, who wanted to restore the manor to its former baroque glory.

Mr. Stroskin was out of town when the calamity occurred and returned home to discover that only rubble was left of his chateau, a local treasure boasting a grand hall that could host some 200 people and a sweeping stone staircase.

“I’m in shock I understand the turmoil of the community,” Mr. Stroskin said.

He now plans to build an exact replica of lost manor.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports

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