West of the village Hardinvast and south of the castle Martinvast in the northern Normandy one finds an obelisk-like building. Architecture, date of construction and above all its function remain mysterious until today, as no clear statements are made about it and supposedly no archive can be found. The building is less than 1 km away from the castle, but still belongs to the 100 hectare estate. The tower-like pyramid is never open to visitors, only for regular maintenance. Everywhere plants grow on the projections, the lintel in the entrance as well as the floor coverings, which one can recognize in the entrance area, testify rather to consistently continued neglect.
The entrance is also barred as well as the other openings of this tower. Each of the four sides has 5 portholes arranged one above the other, which can apparently be reached via a brick spiral staircase inside. These become smaller and smaller with increasing height.
It is unclear who built this building in the first place:
General and Count Alexandre Henri Adéodate du Moncel (1784-1861), General Councillor and Member of the Parliament of the Manche, who was also the owner of the nearby castle from 1820, is suspected. He ran an estate of more than 500 hectares covering 6 municipalities and was known at the time for his agronomic innovations: "He created an English garden around the castle. It was he who probably had the pyramid placed at the end of an avenue .... between 1820 and 1840...", as the Cherbourg travel guide of 1839 quotes, "who probably had the pyramid placed at the end of an avenue...". There we speak of a high degree of madness about this building. It was apparently considered a spleen - an assertion that is still valid today.
The mere fact that it is not a monolith and that the "pyramid portion" makes up more than 2/3 of the entire building suggests that the designation obelisk is not justified and that it was not used for an everyday purpose.
I cannot imagine that the building was used for sacral or ritual purposes, rather for something else. It has an entrance and a staircase. One can only look in through an entrance grille and see a spiral staircase leading up. Beside the landing there is no place for rituals or sacred intentions.
View through the entrance grid to the staircase
Lintel of wood and rusty iron or steel above the entrance
Reinforcement around the obelisk in two layers
Reinforcement around the obelisk in two layers
Some portholes and openings to the outside are bricked up, some are open. I get the feeling that this is not a coincidence, that the lower portholes - depending on the side - were sometimes bricked up and sometimes not.
A richly battered coat of arms above the entrance indicates a possible date of origin: 1875 or 1775. Both figures are not consistent with the presumed builder Alexandre Henri Adéodat comte du Moncel, who lived exactly in the time in between. It is hard to imagine that there should not be more precise records of this somewhere in the archives of the castle owners.
As always, when you don't know anything more, speculations grow into the herb: according to a local legend, it is said that the Du Moncel family used it to send light signals to one of their friends who lived on the other side of the valley. But nothing is known about these signals or the identity of the addressees ... The whole thing sounds to me like a stalling chat. If that had been the case, one or two sides with portholes would have sufficed for the construction.
Perhaps the walls were used to use free energies. Of course, I have no proof of this, but this idea is as good or as bad as any other. The whole thing reminds me more of a technical installation than a memorial or even a mausoleum. From my point of view, it is also suspicious that nobody can remember or that there were no concrete records of it. Especially as far as the exact date of construction is concerned. Of course, I would also have been interested to know if the building still has a cellar or even a secret passage to the castle. Anyone who has further suggestions or knows more is welcome to contact me.
Striking: The funnel-shaped "chimney" (?) above the left entrance (no longer exists today) - motif: Creative Commons
I would like to use the expertise of a Russian amateur researcher (Tech-Dancer) I know, who sent me the following statement about "my" obelisk:
(Quote translated) "The technologies of free energy used to be not only light and heat. In addition, there were facilities such as churches and temples. An electric field was stored in them. This field acted on humans like a drug, but without addiction. Here man began to develop hidden abilities, such as communication with the world of the dead, telepathy and others. Now the churches have destroyed the system of energy production and replaced it with props. According to the great Freud, there is now a mass psychosis. People no longer remember what was actually in the churches 200 years ago. There are only legends that are portrayed as fiction.
Pillars and obelisks were one of the variants of church building. Their basic difference was that they generated an electric field not inside but outside themselves. In the columns there was a staircase in the upper floor, inside it was no obelisk. The obelisk you sent me has a hybrid design (note: it is the above obelisk). I have no doubt that it used to serve only to create euphoria in its vicinity. But such obelisks couldn't work by themselves. Nearby there should be some structures with a dome, and usually these structures had an underground connection with the obelisk. If you say that there was a fortress nearby, then that's exactly the case.
It could also be that this obelisk was rebuilt from the debris after the passage of the flood itself. I see a number of signs as building owners. But I am not sure.
The restoration of free energy reception over such structures is illegal. I tried to do something similar in Slovenia last year. The laws in Europe are designed in such a way that the storage of mercury is legally very dangerous. It was mercury that made magic objects out of such obelisks, but the same group of people declared it toxic and banned it. … The restoration of such obelisks in Europe is not realistic. …"