Building a Brand New Medieval Castle in France

Building a Brand New Medieval Castle in France

Jess Watson
Jul 2, 2010

Sure, you are the king of DIYs, but are you king of the castle? Michel Guyot wanted to know if he had what it takes to build a castle from scratch. With the help of a few hundred people, Michel started building a castle deep in the forest of Burgundy, France in 1988. The one rule is that they are only able to draw information from documents that existed during the 13th century.

The medieval castle, named Guédelon, follows the construction methods of its pretend start date - 1228. This means that slaked lime and sand are used instead of concrete, sandstone is quarried, a blacksmith forges the nails and rope is made on site.

While the design of the castle went along well enough, they realized that the building "lacked soul." So, the team invented an owner, a middle-feudal lord named Seigneur Guilber, with a point of view that would help guide their decisions.

The castle is set to be complete in 2023. And you thought your kitchen remodel was taking a while!

For more information, visit the official website: Guédelon, a Fortress Castle in Puisaye or read more at BBC News: France's New Medieval Castle.

Image: Annette Soumillard, Marc Grenet and Gilles Serrand / Guédelon; found via blog

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