Rebuilding the Past in France

From Wikipedia:

Guédelon Castle is a medieval construction project located in Treigny, France. The object of the project is to build a castle using only the techniques and materials used in the Middle Ages. When completed in the 2020s, it should be an authentic recreation of a 13th century medieval castle.

In order to fully investigate the technology required in the past, the project is using only period construction techniques and costumes. Materials, including wood and stone, are obtained locally. Jacques Moulin is the chief architect for the project.

The project is considered to be ecologic and economic, since it created 45 jobs and is a tourist destination.

Construction started in 1996 under Michel Guyot.

You can explore more on the project’s website, which is pretty neat. 

There’s a similar project in Arkansas, known as the Ozark Medieval Fortress, coincidentally, started by two French citizens, who were inspired by Guedelon. The Ozark project began in 2009 and should take 20 years to complete.

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