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“Return in the past” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Le Chantier Medieval de Guedelon

Le Chantier Medieval de Guedelon
D 955, 89520 Treigny, France
+33 (0) 3 86 45 66 66
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Treigny
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
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Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, France
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“Return in the past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 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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“Highlight of Trip to France!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 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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“Watch a Medieval Castle Being Built!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 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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Roanoke, Virginia
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“Fascinating and authentic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

It seems a lot of people don't know about Guedelon, but I highly recommend it to those who have never visited. My daughter and I first visited it at 5 years then we returned 11 years later in April to see the progress made. It should take about 25 years in all. At 5 years, the building was really just in a beginning phase and there were little pigs running around free, rather like a village. Much progress has of course been made now to the buildings and fencing for the animals and even an outdoor tavern for lunch and a beer. It is a fun place for children and adults as well, especially if you love history.

Guedelon is beautiful and it is fascinating to watching the skilled craftsmen work with their hands. There is also a very nice gift shop with plenty of books and handmade pottery. Hope to go back again, at least to see the finished castle. Oh, the pigs are bigger now but still very cute.

Visited April 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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“Nice place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We visited this medieval village that is actually being built in front of us while we wonder around from building to building. The workers are building everything with 13th Century tools like it used to be built - they just integrated 21st century security mesures like glasses to protect the workers. It is a beautiful site and lots to see and discover. Allow yourself a good 2 hours minimum to do the visit.

Visited July 2013
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