Brand-new medieval castle

“Deep in the forests of central France, a team of masons replicates in painstaking detail the construction of an entire medieval castle.

“The Chateau de Guedelon was started in 1998, after local landowner Michel Guyot wondered whether it would be possible to build a castle from scratch, using only contemporary tools and materials.

“In woods surrounding the castle, craftsmen ply all the trades required for so monumental an endeavour. Stone-cutters and carpenters fashion the raw materials. A blacksmith forges the nails. Ropes, baskets and roof-tiles are all made on site.

“What happens when the castle is finally finished, no-one is really sure. One option is to start extending.”



Thank you very much to Simon Fielding and to Dr. Annie Sutherland.

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