The French Have Spent 20 Years Building a New Medieval Castle and It Looks Great

The Middle Ages have always captured people’s imaginations. Although there are some old castles still left from that time period, many of them are dilapidated and falling apart.

Guedelon Castle project

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Fortunately, there is a building project going on in Burgundy, France where groups of researchers and volunteers have come together to build a new medieval castle called “Guedelon Castle.”

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Since 1997, this project has been taking place. The workers are only using medieval materials and techniques to build the castle so that it is as authentic as possible.

Maryline Martin and Michel Guyot are the ones who started this project. Now, they have given jobs to more than 55 people.

Not only that, the site brings over 300,000 people per year to witness the project firsthand. The expected completion date of the medieval castle is in the early 2020s, projected to be 2023.

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This castle is going to have a 13th-century design and it is meant to be a recreation of a real castle that existed back then. The primary materials being used are stone and wood.

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The spot where it’s being built was chosen because it has a nearby forest for wood and a stone quarry for the stones.

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The workers are not using any modern-day tools to construct this castle either. It’s as if everyone has traveled back in time and acting like medieval workers.

People use site carts and horse-drawn carriages to move around

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Servants’ homes and buildings used for daily life

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Woodwork

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Guedelon Castle projectDenis Gliksman

Guedelon Castle projectGuédelon

Guedelon Castle projectDenis Gliksman

A glimpse of the building plan for the castle shows how it will look completed

Guedelon Castle project

Be sure to watch the video to find out more secrets of this chateau

More info: guedelon.fr

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