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Guédelon, Treigny

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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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  • When we arrived we were amazed at the number of visitors already there and it was only mid morning, mid week and in the middle of September. Do take time to watch the explanatory film at the... 
    When we arrived we were amazed at the number of visitors already there and it was only mid morning, mid week and in the middle of September. Do take time to watch the explanatory film at the...  more »
  • These folks are constructing a Middle Ages castle from scratch using only techniques from that time period. They have been at it now for 20+ years, and have made significant progress. It was fun to... 
    These folks are constructing a Middle Ages castle from scratch using only techniques from that time period. They have been at it now for 20+ years, and have made significant progress. It was fun to...  more »
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  • Fascinating! My teen son is interested in historical architecture and building techniques, so this was a must-see for us while in France. The staff doing the ongoing building work were obviously good at and interested in demonstrating their projects and skills. I only wish our French were better (mine is limited and my son's non-existent) and/or that more information were available in additional languages. There is an orientation display at the entrance with multilingual explanations and a short film in French with English subtitles, but once inside, absolutely everything (signage & verbal interpretation) was in French only. Our fault for not understanding French, I know, but disappointing after the intro display and the fact that the website is bilingual (French/English).
  • Very cool. If you watched hours of history videos during lockdown you are sure to have seen something about this place. Definitely worth visiting. Lots of little work stations to visit to see how things were done. The castle itself is coming along nicely.

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