‘This place is part of Polish history,’ Prime Minister says as negotiations begin to buy Marie Skłodowska-Curie’s French pension for € 790,000
The government has said it wants to buy a house near Paris that once belonged to Nobel Prize winner Maria Skłodowska-Curie.
Located in Saint-Rémy-les-Chevreuse, about 40 km from Paris, the house where the Nobel laureate in physics and chemistry lived with her husband Pierre Curie was put on the market for 790,000 euros.
According to French estate agents, the property, which includes tapestries and terracotta from the time of the Curies, requires around 200,000 euros to renovate.
Writing on their website, the estate agents described the house as a “ prestigious property ” which “ will delight lovers of romance ” [and] art’.
They said: “The property, which is to be restored, served as a vacation spot 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 city.
“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, an office, a bathroom, a toilet. The converted attic can easily be transformed into a master 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 Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said: “I have ordered 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 and 1906, the Curie couple visited the house regularly with their family.
In 1903, Maria Skłodowska-Curie, 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 received the Nobel Prize in chemistry for the second time in 1911 for the discovery of the elements polonium and radium.
A Polish government spokesperson said on Tuesday that if the house was purchased, it would be turned into a cultural and historical center showcasing the achievements of Maria Skłodowska-Curie as well as the results of the latest scientific research.