GUÉDELON : A CASTLE IN THE MAKING

Published on April 13, 2015
  • © Christian Duchemin

    © Christian Duchemin

  • © photo Guedelon

    © photo Guedelon

GUÉDELON : A CASTLE IN THE MAKING fr

The ultimate in grand design:

Deep in secluded woodland, an abandoned quarry reveals a landscape that seems to have been untouched for a thousand years. Out of this wood and stone, quarrymen, stonemasons, woodcutters, carpenters, blacksmiths, tilers, woodturners, ropemakers, carters and their horses are building a castle using 13th-century building techniques. This amazing project allows you to follow in the footsteps of medieval master-builders!

Experimental Archeologie in action:

It is impossible to visit the castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages without wondering how these buildings were constructed, where the materials came from, how they were transported, which tools were used, how such heavy loads were hoisted or how the construction site was managed.
Guédelon is an attempt to answer these same questions. This construction site - unlike any other in the world - sheds light on the mysteries of medieval castle construction.
Work began in 1997 and should be completed around 2025.

A Shared Passion:

The Guédelon medieval construction site can be visited with or without a guide. A day at Guédelon is a journey back in time, a day spent in the company of medieval master-builders. Numerous different activities take place throughout the season: beginners' stonecarving workshops for all ages, iron-ore smelting at the forge, firing of roof and paving tiles in the forest's wood-fired kiln, medieval cuisine workshops in the castle kitchen

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