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Guédelon

In the Medieval building project ‘Guédelon’ you can see and follow with your own eyes the making of a castle.

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In the heart of Puisaye, at only 30 km from the campsite, a team of fifty people have taken on an extraordinary feat: to build a castle using the same techniques and materials used in the Middle Ages.

 

The wood, stone, earth, sand and clay needed for the castle’s construction are all to be found here, in this abandoned quarry. Watched by thousands of visitors, all the trades associated with castle-building – quarrymen, stonemasons, woodcutters, carpenters, blacksmiths, tile makers, basket makers, rope makers, carters and their horses – are all working together to complete the castle. All this with thousands of spectatators. A real open air museum in action !

 

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Work on the site began in 1997 and is scheduled to take 25 years to complete.

 

 

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Build to research and to understand

 

Do you know that feeling? When you are in a castle, a church or a cathedral… and you wonder:

How did they ever do this, in that era, with limited resources… how could they make such beautiful buildings at that time?

The builders of Guédelon had the same feelings and questions. That’s why the project of Guédelon has been started as a field of experimental archaeology – a kind of open-air laboratory.

 

The aim is to recreate the site organization and the construction processes that might have existed on an early 13th century building site. Unlike traditional archaeology, which is concerned with cataloguing, excavating and analysing an existing structure, experimental archaeology puts this process into reverse. A structure is built from start to finish in order to obtain, following experiments and observations, a set of conclusive results.

Guédelon is the opposite of a traditional archeologique project. You’ll learn a lesson of history in real life. The moment you enter the site, you’ll leave the 21th century with all the technics and noises behind you, you’ll be back in the Middle Ages.

 

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The project is known in whole Europe now. During the winter of 2014, BBC made a series with 5 episodes about Guédelon: Secrets of the Castle.
Overall: an experience you can’t miss !

 

 

 

You can buy your reduced tickets at the campsite. So you dan’t have to wait in line at the ticket office at Guédelon.
To have more information we invite you to visit the website of ‘Guédelon’.

On the website of Bourgogne buissonnière you’ll find lots of information about activities etc. in the region around Guédelon.