The former Iraqi consulate in Montreal
The former Iraqi consulate in Montreal

The former Iraqi consulate in Montreal

The former Iraqi consulate in Montreal

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Montréal (Quebec), Canada

Popularized by a french CBC tv show, the former Iraqi consulate in Montreal is abandoned since 1980. Built by architect Jacques Vincent, the house is sold to the Consulate of Iraq in 1979 for the amount of $ 365,000. By the way, the same house has been sold few months earlier for $ 200,000. In short, a good deal for the seller.

The story said that the consulate employees have left the house in haste in September 1980, the day of the invasion of Iran. This conflict, the First Gulf War, lasted eight years, causing death to more than one million people and has let the country with to a heavy debt of 45 billion U.S. dollars (150% of its gross domestic product). This is also the reason that will result by a new war in the area a few years later, this time against Kuwait, state that Iraq considers rightfully his. Anyway, let's go back to the story of the home, would you.

So, since its abandonment in the night of September 22, 1980 by the Iraqi officials, nothing is happening here. The time has stopped and nature has reclaimed its land. The house has been squatted for a moment and burned in 2004, but the case of the property valued at $ 533,000 in 2003 (a year before the fire that heavily damaged) drags in length.

In fact, Baghdad is facing justice for having confiscated from Kuwait, its rich but tiny neighbor, more than ten aircraft airline from Kuwait Airways. Although the city of Montreal had attempted to sell the property by auction for unpaid taxes, they have their hands tied facing this issue where lawyers are fighting each other since decade.

The result is that today, the site is locked and trees grow in this field of iraqi ruins. If the concrete structure is still standing, it would be rather surprising to see a prospective buyer to come up with a project who doesn't include a complete demolition. The property includes (or rather included) an indoor pool, a sauna, a large backyard and an intercom system in all rooms.

Rumors and other Iraqi legends

It is said that a secret passage exists between this house and her twin sister just a few houses away. By cons, since the basement is flooded (probably due to the fire), it is impossible to confirm or deny anything. In fact, only the owner of the other house must be able to respond ...

Another rumor found on the Internet says that Saddam Hussein himself, would have visited that house several times in the past decades when his hands were not stained with the blood of his war crimes and other atrocities. Unfortunately, there is no evidence. But I can confirm you that I didn't found any hair from his famous mustache in the bathroom.

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