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There’s A Small Medieval World Being Built In France Right Now! (23 pics + 1 video)

Posted in Random » Awesome   27 Sep 2017   / 4071 views

In France, people are building a castle from the 13th century using only medieval building techniques and materials

Michel Guyot and Maryline Martin started Guedelon Castle project in 1997, and its completion is expected around 2023

Here, stonemasons are working on bricks and keystones

Workers transport stones by cart

Special cranes are built to take heavier rocks to higher levels of the building site

In the annals of Guedelon, works began in 1228. Each year that passes is a year in historical time too, so we are now in 1248

“The rule is that only what we know from documents that existed at the time is allowed”

They’re paying extreme attention to detail for the interior as well. Here’s a shot of the timber work inside the castle bedroom

Another view of the castle bedroom and its decorated walls

Even the transport around the site is medieval: people use site carts and horse-drawn carriages to move around

Workers are also re-building servants’ homes and buildings used for daily life

A look at some of the woodwork in the castle’s halls

Some of the building techniques had to be re-discovered or improvised, such as the exact combination of materials for the mortar

Those who want to do more than just visit the castle can also pitch in and work for a few days — about 650 people each year volunteer to do so

Here’s a British engineering student Cloe, from Northampton, walking in a winch drum at the construction site

And another volunteer playing with geese

A man works at the construction site

Clement Guerard, a blacksmith at the site since 1999, poses in his workshop

Man grinds flour in a gristmill

The location was chosen because most of the building materials are nearby. There is rock for the walls and towers, big oak trees for wood and close access to water and sand

This is how it looked like in the early stages of the project

And a glimpse of the building plan for the castle shows how it will look completed

This is how Guedelon Castle looks now

Be sure to watch the video to find out more secrets of this chateau

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