Guédelon  (Open to the Public)

Another reconstruction on a far grander scale is Guédelon, one of the must-see attractions in the whole of Burgundy. Here a medieval fort is being built by craftsmen over a 25 year period, without electricity, hewning the rock, building the horse drawn carts from scratch, and forging the iron. 

Michel Guyot first had the idea of building a castle using medieval building techniques, folling an archaeological study at Saint Fargeau Castle. This Study revealed that a medieval castle was hidden beneath the 15th century red brick exterior.

It is impossible to visit castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages without wondering how these building were constructed, where the materials came from, how they were transported, which tools were used, or how such heavy loads were hoised. Guedelon sheds light on the secrets of the medieval stonemasons

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