Guédelon Castle: A 13th Century Castle in the 21st century

Guedelon wooden treadmill

Building Guédelon Castle, a castle fort in Burgundy, using 13th century materials, tools, and methods has been an incredible research endeavor for historians and scientists.

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The castle is not being built on the ruins of a pre-existing castle, and neither will the completed castle be a reconstruction or replica of one that exists elsewhere. Guédelon is essentially a new build 13th century castle in the 21st century – where the purpose of the attraction is the construction of the castle.

The project team chose a construction date, designed the layout and are in the process of building that castle such that neither the building nor the methods used would have been out of place in the 13th century.

For this the team draw on a wide range of sources to inform their project. These include the canon and standards used for castle forts and manor houses at the time, the surviving buildings and their characteristics from this period and the results of archaeological research. What you see at Guédelon is a coming together of features and details that exist in a number of different places, but never all in one building.


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