Guédelon is a crazy story: in northern Burgundy, a team of experts have taken on an extraordinary challenge: building a castle using medieval techniques and materials.
This explains why Guédelon celebrates in 2017 its 20th birthday.
Contrary to the majority of construction sites, Guédelon is accessible to the public. One of the site’s principal aims is to demonstrate and explain different heritage skills to a wide audience.
Extracting and dressing stones, rubble walling, woodworking, transporting loads by horse and cart are some of the skills and techniques that visitors can see on site. Visitors are encouraged to watch, but also to talk with the craftsmen and women in order to better understand their work.
« GUEDELON IS A MIRACLE. A miracle, because it makes real the dream of time travel. A miracle, because daring to take on a project of this scale seemed utopic and yet this has been refuted by reality. A miracle, because working «like in the 13th century» demands an unfailing committment on the part of the site’s protagonists. A miracle, because specialists can observe unsuspected details, elements which neither the texts, nor archaeology can reveal, notably the very empirical side of the construction. A miracle, because in a society increasingly disconnected from its past, Guédelon fills a need. The extraordinary public enthusiasm (300 000 visitors per season) illustrates this need to delve into the our cultural roots. And the dream come true shall last 25 years.” (Philippe Durand, senior lecturer at Bordeaux 3 University).
May 27, 2017