On April 25, 1918, a French soldier named Hubert Rochereau was wounded while fighting for control of a Belgium village during World War I. He died the next day at the age of 21.
Back in Bélâbre, France, Hubert’s parents were so heartbroken by the loss of their son that decided to preserve his room exactly as it was the day he left for war, never again to return. They even stipulated when they sold the house that Hubert’s room should remain untouched for 500 years. Fast forward nearly 100 years, and incredibly, the wishes of Hubert’s parents are still intact.
Stepping inside the young soldier’s room is like entering a time capsule. In the video below, you’ll notice a lace bedspread; a worn military jacket; classic literary works; a sword and fencing helmet; a collection of pistols; a flag; the stale smell of English tobacco. The soldier’s chair still faces the window in the very room where he was born in 1896. Despite the fact that keeping the room untouched for 500 years is legally unenforceable and unbinding, the current owner continue to respect the family’s condition. Retired local official Daniel Fabre and his wife inherited the house from her grandparents.
Will the room survive another 400 years? Fabre has no idea… but they have no plans to change anything about the room for as long as possible.
Watch the video below for a stunning, spine-tingling journey to the past — and please SHARE this amazing video with your friends on Facebook!