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    Guédelon – the making of a castle

    by himalia11 Updated Apr 8, 2013

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    Actually, Guédelon is the name of the forest. Here, the building of a castle started in 1998. They build this castle with medieval methods, i.e. like a castle would have been built starting from 1229. This place was chosen as it offers the necessary materials like wood, stone, clay, sand and water. All the tools they use are the ones used in the 13th century, except that the workers are wearing safety shoes, helmet and glasses where needed. Also the scaffolds are stabilized with modern methods. Safety first!

    The building site is open for visitors, and it is very impressive to see what already has been done and how they do the work. You can watch carpenters, blacksmith, stonemasons, tile makers, rope & basket maker etc. You may not see all those craftsmen in action, but you’ll able to see the workshops. There really was lots of work going, so it doesn’t get boring. It’s interesting to see them mix the mortar (what an effort!) or transport stones up on the wall by using something I’d call hamster wheel! They also have some animals on the building site, like horses, pigs, cows and donkeys. We saw them using a horse-drawn vehicle to transport mortar around.
    There are also guided tours and I can imagine that this is very helpful as you then can learn much more about the building methods. Unfortunately English guided tours only take place in July/August.

    In any case I need to go there again in a few years to see the progress they made!

    Admission (2012): 10€ adults, 8,50€ children.

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    • Archeology

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    Saint-Fargeau

    by himalia11 Updated Apr 8, 2013

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    We only did a short visit of Saint-Fargeau in the evening and had dinner in a restaurant there. A building that you can’t miss in Saint Fargeau is the château. It dates from the 10th century, but was reconstructed in the 15th and 17th century. Behind the castle is a large park. The castle can be visited but it already was closed when we came. Admission is 10€ for adults and 6€ for children.
    Another sight is the belfry from the 15th century. This clock tower was a town gate, but today rather is in the middle of the town.

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    A Dream COME true

    by black_mimi99 Written Aug 29, 2010

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    Michel Guyot, owner and restorer of Saint Fargeau castle, first had the idea of building a 13th century style fortress following the discovery that the 15th century red bricks of his castle obscured the stone walls of a much older stronghold. His dream was to build a castle just as it would have been in the Middle Ages; an idea which some found mildly amusing and others dismissed as outright folly.

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    Chateau Guedelon

    by black_mimi99 Written Aug 25, 2010

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    A unique architectural experiment is underway deep in a forest in France, where builders and masons are creating an entire castle using only 13th Century building techniques. The Chateau de Guedelon’s construction started in 1998 and employs several full time staff and volunteers. Since modern cement did not exist in the 13th Century, mortar is made from slaked lime and sand, while basic ironware is being used as tools.

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    Tourist, Workers, Stone

    by black_mimi99 Written Aug 29, 2010

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    See the stone for the building amongs the tourist and workers, it's a nice thing to see when it here...

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    Chateau Guedelon

    by black_mimi99 Written Aug 25, 2010

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    From the restoration of Renaissance chateau de Saint-Fargeau to build the Castle of Guedelon the 21st century, a dream and a fabulous challenge.

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