Guédelon, Treigny

Visit this unique site that reproduces the materials and methods used to build a new 13th century medieval castle. At Guédelon, guided tours introduce you to some of the 50 different artisans working in harmony to build this castle. View preparation grounds, including the quarry, logging grounds, livestock stables, pottery studios, and plant fields that produce the fibers used to make rope. View historical techniques, such as stonecutting, masonry, carpentry, and metalwork. Children especially enjoy this live exhibit, complete with a real village that real artisans and their families lived in during this castle's construction. Guédelon is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , world travel planner Edition.
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  • Medieval castles are almost all in total unsalvageable ruins. Michel Guyot thought it would be a great idea to build one from scratch. Starting in 1997, that's what they have been doing at...  more »
  • This is an awesome place. Expected just the castle, but there's a whole village build around it. Much respect for the builders and workers there. This is fantastic! There are also many activities for....  more »
  • Amazing place to see a medieval fortress under construction using the tools and methods of the era. You can even have a meal with recipes from the time as well.
  • Building a medieval castle from scratch. A living history project. Very interesting.
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