Le Château de Guédelon, a medieval castle under construction - Part 1
byon 21-07-2011 at 15:01 (5639 Views)
As my wife and i were driving down from Belgium to Provence, we stopped in a tiny town called Treigny, in Burgundy :
Close to this town, the owner of a nearby XIVth century castle, in Saint-Fargeau, started the construction of a medieval castle.
This crazy idea started when, after doing some research and sudy of his castle, he discovered that it was a modification of an older castle. He wanted to have that older castle displayed. However, he couldn't reasonnably transform his castle back. So, in a former sandstone quarry, covered with an oaktree forest, he decided to start one from scratch.
Rather than just asking for a permit to build a XIIIth century castle, he built a project on three axis :
- experimental archeology, with the goal of rediscovering the medieval construction techniques.
- education, with around 150 000 students coming each year.
- on-the-jod training in stone masonry.
A non-official axis is a band of buddies having fun together.
This project, that started in 1997, is planned to last for another 12-15 years. They have just started, on the same basis, a Cistercian priory and a medieval village.
Shortly, i'll post part 2 on Philippian castles of the XIIIth century, and after that, part 3 on our visit...