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“Amazing and Unique”

Chantier Medieval de Guedelon
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Treigny
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Deep in the forests of northern Burgundy, a team of master-builders is building a C13th castle from scratch.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Amazing and Unique”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

The Guedelon project of rebuilding a medieval castle is both a scientific/archeological project and educational project. It will take them 25 years to build the castle using medieval techniques. Already half done! Location is wonderful and you can see all the workshops and chat with the workers while they are actually working. This is really a unique experience. Good for any ages!

Visited June 2014
2 Thank Benoit_Carl
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Marietta, GA
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32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Unbelievably cool to see”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

When planning our time in France, I stumbled on a reference to Guedelon. Sounded so interesting that we went out of the way to see it. So glad we did. A remarkable team is actually building a real medieval castle from scratch using medieval methods. Totally authentic and very well shown. You can walk all around to see the various craftsmen doing exactly what they would have done in the 13th century. No modern technology. And the castle is big, not a little demo. You walk inside and can go up on the ramparts that are finished so far. In the U.S., the closest comparison would be Williamsburg, but this is 13th century instead of 18th century. And this is a more rustic atmosphere. Plus... it's just the castle... no outlet malls and pancake houses. GO!

Visited May 2014
3 Thank Pinchbottom
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Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, France
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Return in the past”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

The best , the only place where they built a castle like in the 13ème century. Wonderfull! I Liked very much

Visited August 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Highlight of Trip to France!”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

In the middle of a rock quarry, 10 miles from anywhere, the French are building a castle from scratch with almost entirely medieval building methods (there is some stuff they do away from the site, primarily with the lime, for safety reasons). They've even had to invent methods when they couldn't find written record of technique. They have all the craftsmen (and craftswomen!) you need to build the castle--blacksmiths (making own tools), masons, woodcutters, wood choppers, etc. They are building everything from scratch, and are building it while you watch (there is some Q/A but not enough for my liking). You'll enjoy this experience if you like to watch people build stuff!

The site has done so well financially that it is able to fund other projects in other places. Also, this site is used to train apprentices who learn enough to help them start their career in antiquity restorations, such as you need when restoring old churches.

Visited May 2014
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Seattle, Washington
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48 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Watch a Medieval Castle Being Built!”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

You'll need a tour or a car to get to this site, but it's well worth a few-hour visit if you are interested in learning how medieval castles were built. This project has been going on for a few decades, with workers building a castle using period materials and tools. You can visit several locations to watch them quarry and shape the stones, forge metal tools, weave rope, and raise building materials using hand-operated lifts. Then tour the castle that has been completed so far. We started our two weeks in France at this site and found it very helpful in understanding the medieval churches and Roman structures that we visited later.

Visited April 2014
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